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Punjab Announces Holiday for Schools and Offices in Cities Battling Smog

The caretaker Punjab government has announced the closure of schools amid suffocating smog that has disrupted everyday life in the province, particularly Lahore.

During a press conference in Lahore, the caretaker Chief Minister (CM) Punjab, Mohsin Naqvi, said that all schools and offices in the areas where smog has reached alarming levels will remain closed on 10 November, Friday.

This holiday will be applicable to the schools and offices situated in Lahore division, Gujranwala, Nankana Sahib, and Wazirabad. This holiday will only be observed this week.

Moreover, markets will remain closed on Saturday. Hotels, parks, and cinemas will observe closure on Friday and Saturday. These businesses observe closure on Sunday normally

A recent research conducted by the University of Chicago has raised significant concerns among the residents of Lahore due to the alarming levels of smog in the city.

According to the study, the city’s inhabitants are experiencing a yearly reduction in life expectancy by 7 years. Additionally, the report underscores the detrimental impact of smog on children, equating their exposure to current pollution levels to the equivalent of smoking 30 cigarettes daily.

Source: Pro Pakistani