Drizzle fails to dispel smog, citizens advised to remain indoors Schools to be closed for two days due to smog

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Staff Reporter

A light scattered drizzle on Thursday failed to improve the smog hit atmosphere in the provincial metropolis causing added anxiety and stress to citizens, especially to those suffering from respiratory problems and asthma.
In the wake of increased air quality index (AQI) Punjab school education department has banned outdoor activities in schools, whereas some private schools have announced to stay closed on Friday.
Outdoor activities including sports events will be postponed till December 20,whereas children have been directed to wear mask during school hours.
According to Met department, Upper Mall area was the most polluted with 1143 air quality index, while AQI recorded in the area of Gulberg was 583 and at Shimla Hills it was 545. Air pollution reached 513 AQI in Punjab Assembly area.
Such high level of polluted ambient air would give impetus to ailments such as cough, flu and other diseases of respiratory tract.
Therefore, medical experts have advised citizens not to leave their homes without masks unnecessarily and keep the children indoors.
The Punjab School Education department has decided to closed public and private schools for two days on November 15 and 16 (Friday & Saturday) due to dense smog in Lahore, Gujranwala and Faisalabad districts.
According to a notification issued here on Thursday, the schools would remain closed in the wake of dense smog and health hazards to children.
All deputy commissioners, administrators and chief executive officers (CEOs) education of the districts concerned had been issued instructions in this regard.—APP