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Updated December 17th, 2023 at 15:46 IST

UAE gifts cash-strapped Pakistan artificial rains to tackle Lahore's pollution crisis

In a one-of-a-kind experiment in Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates “gifted” the struggling nation with artificial rain.

Reported by: Bhagyasree Sengupta
Corn sellers push their hand-carts as smog envelops the areas of Lahore, Pakistan
Corn sellers push their hand-carts as smog envelops the areas of Lahore, Pakistan | Image:AP
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In a one-of-a-kind experiment in Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates “gifted” the struggling nation with artificial rain. The city of Lahore witnessed the artificial rain on Saturday, following a cloud seeding experiment conducted and financed by the UAE, Arab News reported. The rain in the city became crucial since it helped the country in combatting dense smog and pollution that has engulfed the nation. The Pakistani city is touted as one of the most polluted cities in the world, putting the interim government of Punjab province under immense pressure. The federal government is barely paying heed to the matter since it is already struggling with a historic economic crisis. 

“Celebrating a groundbreaking moment in Lahore – the first-ever artificial rainfall to combat SMOG! Heartfelt thanks to the UAE government for their support, making our environment a priority without straining the Provincial exchequer,” the interim Chief Minister of Punjab Mohsin Naqvi wrote on X, formally known as Twitter. In a separate statement, Naqvi informed that the authorities fired 48 flares for cloud seeding. He also noted that the Middle Eastern nation has sent two special planes along with a technical team.

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The horrors of smog in Lahore

According to Pakistani news outlet Dawn, the smog in Lahore continued to pose severe health risks for residents. The matter was deplorable even in areas with better tree covers. As per the reports, the AQI of these areas were in the 500 range, way above the city average of 396. While giving his take on the impact of artificial rain. the chief minister noted that this was the country's first experiment with cloud seeding and technology that has been used multiple times in India. “The primary objective was to overcome smog through rain,” Naqvi averred. “When smog subsides, its impact usually lasts for five to seven days. But let’s see what happens," he concluded. 

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Published December 17th, 2023 at 15:22 IST

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