Lahore declared most polluted city in the world

New Delhi: Lahore has been declared the most polluted city in the world, leaving its traditional rival New Delhi far behind, Dawn reported.

 

The official Air Quality Index (AQI) of Lahore was reported at 289 (as per the average between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.) and international monitoring bodies put the score at 397 this week.

 

New Delhi stood at less than half of Lahore’s pollution level, with 187.

 

Individual areas of Lahore fared worse, with Kot Lakhpat (industrial area) crossing over 500, Fatehgarh housing most of the steel melting industry close to 400 and relatively green areas like Raiwind at 403 AQI.

 

“At 397 AQI, [or particulate matter (PM) 2.5], the pollution concentration is 34.8 times higher than the annual air quality value set by the World Health Organization. This is, what environmentalists call, hazardous with it getting ‘extremely hazardous’ at individual points,” explains Abdul Rauf, representing an organization working on air quality of the city.

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