Smog continues to choke Punjab as roads were closed, flights suspended and people complained of health issues
Smog has enveloped much of Pakistan, causing highway accidents, disrupting flight schedules and creating respiratory problems among the people.
At least 18 people have been killed while dozens sustained injuries in road accidents during last week because of low visibility due to dense smog that has enveloped most of Punjab.
The deadliest road accident occurred in Layyah where three children were killed in a collision between a speeding truck and a rickshaw. Six vehicles crashed into each other near Pindi Bhattian, leaving one dead and six others injured. On the other hand, 20 vehicles collided with each other near Faisalabad-Sial road, injuring many.
Moreover, 30 flights have been affected as operations were suspended at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.
Smog to continue for next 2 weeks
The bad news is that current smoggy conditions would continue in plain areas of Punjab for the next two weeks, according to the Meteorological Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Hanif said the
The current dry spell would prolong and may continue for several days, he said, adding, no rainfall is expected in the next few days.
The blinding combination of smoke and fog is causing traffic problems and respiratory sicknesses among people, besides leading to power outages in the country’s most populous province.
Motorway sections closed due to smog
Dense smog continued to blanket plain areas of Punjab and some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tuesday morning leading to the closure of motorway sections.
According to a motorway spokesperson, visibility level has plunged to 20 metres from Lahore to Bahawalpur and Kot Sabzal, Rahim Yar Khan.
Motorway M-1 from Peshawar to Rashkai, M-2 from Lillah to Lahore, M-3 from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad and M-4 from Gojra to Faisalabad are closed.
The routes from Babu Sabu Interchange to Kot Momin, Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad and Faisalabad to Gojra are also closed/
Motorway M-1 from Peshawar to Rashkai, M-2 from Lillah to Lahore, M-3 from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad and M-4 from Gojra to Faisalabad are closed for traffic due to dense smog and zero visibility, according to Motorways Control Room,
Dense fog with poor visibility has also been reported on Khanewal-Multan section of Motorway.
Information centers and Helpline
National Highways and Motorway Police has established four information centers in Islamabad, Peshawar, Jhelum and Gujranwala to keep the road users abreast about smog conditions.
Contact these numbers before heading out on Motorway:
The road users have been advised to reduce speed and maintain safe distance in adverse weather conditions.