LAHORE : Punjab continues to be engulfed in foggy conditions resulting in poor visibility causing problems for normal life. Thick smog, a mix of normal fog and pollution particles, has badly affected vehicular traffic flow on motorways in the province, also causing delayed arrival and departure of the trains.
Dark clouds of smog are hovering over Allama Iqbal International Airport of Lahore resulting in suspension of flight operations. At Multan airport, the flight to Bahrain was cancelled on Thursday due to the visibility problem. The flights to Dubai were also delayed for around 10 hours.
As winter begins, the areas of northern Punjab come under a thick layer of fog affecting the daily life and vehicular traffic. Motorways blocked and flights delayed or cancelled due to poor visibility. The thick hazy layer understood to be winter’s fog is actually noxious smog carrying serious health hazards, experts say.
Smog is air pollution that reduces visibility. The term “smog” was first used in the early 1900s to describe a mix of smoke and fog. Smog is created by increasing vehicular and industrial emissions and burning of coal and the remains of agriculture crops. Smog has been common in industrial areas and remains a familiar sight in cities today.