Lahore once again rated as the most polluted city in the world on Saturday, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) rating varying between 166 and 279 in the various parts of the city as the smog season returned.
According to the most recent statistics compiled by numerous public and private monitors, Beijing, Dhaka, Milan, Shenyang, Seattle, Zagreb, Portland, Karachi, and Vancouver are the next worst cities in the world for air quality. The worst atmospheric pollution was observed at Kot Lakhpat, where the air quality index (AQI) was averaging around 279, according to live statistics made available by the American organization IQ Air, which monitors air quality. The provincial capital’s air quality ranged between bad and very unhealthy for humans and animals in different areas.
The average PM2.5 concentration in the air of Lahore is currently 16.8 times higher than the yearly air quality guideline value set by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to statistics on air quality issued by the regional meteorological centre in Lahore, current meteorological circumstances point to the possibility of an accumulation of suspended particles in the atmosphere over the next two days, which could lead to reduced visibility. For the Lahore region during this time, the AQI may continue to be in the “unhealthy for sensitive group” category.