Two killed, 32 injured in smog related accidents in Punjab

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LAHORE, NOV 04 (DNA) – Two people were killed and as many as 32 were injured in separate accidents due to low visibility after heavy smog enveloped various cities of Punjab province on Saturday. According to rescue sources, 25 passengers sustained injuries when a Jhang-bound bus overturned on Lahore bypass. All the injured were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital for initial treatment. In another smog-related accident, a man was killed and five others were injured when a truck collided with a bus on the motorway near Daska city.

Yet in another incident, a person was killed and another injured in a traffic accident due to low visibility on Chichawatni Road near Kamalia.

Punjab has been badly struck with such weather conditions in recent years in beginning days of winter in the region. The prevalent smog episode is similar to the one that struck the province last year, noted chief meteorologist Mohammad Riaz.

The smog is caused by a lack of rain and immense pollution. Smoke from vehicles, factories and burning of the remains of crops could one of the major factors behind the dense smog in the province, Riaz said.

Analysts are of opinion that a spell of heavy rains or strong winds could clear the smog.