The government is increasing its efforts to curb smog in Punjab’s capital of Lahore and is preparing for artificial rain next month, according to Chief Meteorologist Chaudhry Aslam. In an interview with Geo News, Aslam did clarify, though.
The government is still thinking about using artificial rain as a weapon against the deadly smog, and it will not occur between November 28 and 29.
According to Swiss company IQ Air, the amount of PM 2.5, or tiny particulate matter, in the air on Tuesday reached 237, which is regarded as extremely unhealthy. “Lahore currently has a PM2.5 concentration 37.4 times higher than the WHO annual air quality guideline value.”
With an 11 million population, the nation’s second-largest city is frequently named the most polluted city in the world. As a result, the government has taken various measures to reduce smog, including closing schools, offices, and marketplaces.
Many patients have complained of breathing difficulties, so doctors have advised them to stay at home and wear face masks. Furthermore, starting on November 20, the government has mandated that everyone wear masks for a week.
During the conversation, Aslam also mentioned that in order to create artificial rain, clouds are sprayed with a “special spray,” which produces a downpour that can occasionally last up to 45 minutes.
“Artificial rains also occurred in the summer and winter seasons in 2001 and 2002 as authorities sprayed on the clouds with assistance from the Pakistan Army,” he continued.