KP, Punjab Likely to Receive Rains

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Islamabad (November 11, 2017): Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa areas are likely to receive rains in next week which will clear the existing dense smog and foggy conditions in the two provinces.

According to the meteorological department, rainfall with thunder is expected on Sunday night in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Islamabad and upper Punjab.The downpour is expected to clear the sky of smog that has affected visibility in many areas of the country, especially Punjab, causing a number of accidents.

Smog in Lahore has crossed all the international benchmarks as PM2.5 level, which is termed the most dangerous pollutant in the air across the world, remained between 450ug/m3 and 500ug/m3 against the notified standards of 35ug/m3 per day.As per World Health Organisation standards, the daily average level of PM2.5 should not be more than 10ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 25ug/m3 in a day whereas as per a gazette notification of the Punjab government, the daily limit of PM2.5 is 15ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 35ug/m3 per day.

It is pertinent to mention that Environmental Protection Department was concealing data about air quality and pollutants present in it whereas the above-mentioned scary data was revealed by air monitoring laboratories established by the private sector.

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