ISLAMABAD: Thick smog on Wednesday morning has engulfed in different areas of the Punjab, resulting in serious health issues and leading to poor visibility for the citizens.
According to a report aired by a private news channel, smog is continue to create health, transportation problems for the citizens of Punjab and other cities of the country.
People may experience short-term skin and respiratory conditions such as eye irritation, coughing, chest irritation and skin irritation as a result of smog, health experts said.
They further recommend artificial tears for eyes as one way of dealing with smog. The public is also advised to adopt preventative measures such as avoiding the outdoors and using face masks when going out, especially young children, elderly and patients.
Chief Meteorologist Mohammad Riaz also attributed the lack of rain, pollution, smoke from vehicles, factories and burnt crops to the worsening smog situation in the provincial capital.He said the pollution could only be washed away by rain or strong winds.
Director Environment Protection of the Punjab Environment Department Naseem-ur-Rehman shed light on a number of preventative measures that have been adopted to deal with the persisting smog.
He said Section 144 has been enforced in the province till December 16 to bar farmers from burning leftover crops waste a contributor to smog. FIRs will be registered against violators, he added.
The traffic police have also been requested to make special traffic arrangements to avoid traffic jams, which further fuel the smog situation, he added. —APP