All government and private schools across Lahore closed: Punjab government

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All government and private schools across Lahore closed: Punjab government

*LAHORE: The Punjab government on Wednesday announced the closure of all schools in provincial capital owing to extreme smog, ARY News reported.*

“Due to sudden increase in smog, all schools in Lahore will remain closed tomorrow. We are closely monitoring the #LahoreSmog situation. Administration is already on high alert and have tasked them to escalate actions against crop burning and other factors that contribute to smog,” tweeted Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar. *Smog disrupts routine life*

Smog has once again hit various areas of Lahore city, disrupting the routine life as the citizens are reeling under such weather conditions.

According to MeT dept, the smog has reduced visibility to less than 1 km, while the Air Quality Index (AQI) has reached 455 in Lahore. The motorway police have instructed the drivers to reduce speed and ensure switching on fog lights to avoid mishaps.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar has directed all concerned departments to intensify their campaign against smog and ordered strict implementation of a ban imposed on the burning of tyres.

Concerned authorities should take stern action against violators to avert smog risk, said CM Buzdar in a statement.

The smog is caused by a lack of rain and immense pollution. Smoke from vehicles, factories and burning of the remains of crops could one of the major factors behind the dense smog.