Toxic smog affects citizens in parts of Pakistan

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The toxic smog that has covered parts of Pakistan for weeks has exposed official torpor over out of control pollution that has killed thousands more people.

The polluted air that has lingered in Islamabad in recent days was finally dispelled by rain this week, bringing the surrounding Margalla Hills into view once again.

Pakistan Air Quality tweeted, “Question is, can a change from Hazardous to Very Unhealthy be called an improvement?”

Pakistan ranks third in the world behind China and India for the number of deaths caused by pollution, with 125,000 people killed annually, according to one measure by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research institute founded by the Gates Foundation.

Obvious suspects include unchecked industrial emissions, millions of poorly maintained vehicles, and a complete lack of waste management, with tonnes of rubbish often burned in the streets.

These factors are aggravated by the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble, blamed for fuelling the recent pollution crisis across South Asia.

Source: AFP

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