Lahore coughed its way through the Wednesday morning commute after smothering in dense and soupy smog. Many blamed the heavy amount of tear gas used by the police on protestors; others blamed the cutting off tress in Lahore for government’s new orange train project. They were also disappointed in media for not discussing it in the shows and news bulletins. They, therefore, took it to twitter to share their concern and anger about the prevailing situation and made it the top trending topic for today.
Government's negligence towards environmental issues took 'Somethings In The Air' to the whole new level.Stay safe, People. #Smog
— She Wolf (@Pathaniee) November 2, 2016
— Zartash Chaudhry (@ZartashChaudhry) November 2, 2016
Pakistan seriously needs to plant more trees. The way we're cutting trees, in a few years weather is gonna be extremely dangerous. #smog
— Rizwan (@Rizwann619) November 2, 2016
— Abdul Sattar (@Minhajian) November 2, 2016
Main Boulevard Lahore today. Smog. Low visibility. Please DO keep cutting trees. Embrace lung cancer. pic.twitter.com/txAXjhOuF8
— Nuzhat S. Siddiqi (@guldaar) November 2, 2016
Smog is a kind of air pollution, a haze intensified by smoke or other atmospheric pollutants. According to reports the smog in Lahore decreased visibility in open areas and Motorway to 20-25 m. This condition is creating serious breathing ailments and eye infections. It is a serious climatic condition which is getting worse with time.
How to combat?
Following are some ways to protect you from the effects of smog:
- Avoid being outside around high-traffic areas and during rush hour to reduce exposure to smog.
- If you are outside, take lots of rest breaks in the shade and drink plenty of fluids.
- Reschedule strenuous outside work or exercise until the alert is over.
- Masks should be used for protection and eyes should be frequently washed.
If you feel wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath, you may need medical attention. Also check with friends and family members who are older and/or have respiratory conditions, to make sure that they’re coping.
About the author: Sadaf Alvi is a final year medical student. She is a freelance writer, a blogger and a contributor to Raddi Paper. Her professional interests include social work, women rights activism, reading, writing and higher education. She is also active on social media and she can be reached on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @TheGrumpyDoctor.