Lahore on Tuesday witnessed the worst air quality in the world, According to Air Visual, an organization that provides free access to the world’s largest air quality database and ranks the world’s cities according to the Air Quality Index (AQI), Lahore is now on number 2 in the list of cities having the worst air quality in the world with an AQI of 188.
According to the Pakistani Air Quality Monitoring Project, The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that there are many reasons to be worried about the air quality in Lahore, with a yearly average of 68 µg/m3 of PM2.5, which corresponds to a 155 unhealthy Air Quality Index.
Speaking about precautionary measures against the worsening air quality in Lahore, Dr Imtiaz said,” I would advise people to put on masks to avoid directly inhaling the air through their mouths, to avoid exercising out in the open, and to stay hydrated at all times.”
In a report released last year by WHO, Pakistan was the most polluted country in the world. According to the BreathLife campaign, there are nearly 59,241 deaths every year due to air pollution, out of which 13,683 are children. The top illness is “Ischemic heart disease” caused by air pollution.