Riding through Lahore's toxic smog

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A man riding a bicycle loaded with sundries through the smog in the Pakistani city of Lahore yesterday morning. While the air quality of its neighbour Delhi has generated headlines worldwide, experts say the air in Lahore rivals the Indian capital's for toxicity. The problem is not limited to the city: According to a World Health Organisation estimate in 2015, almost 60,000 Pakistanis died from the high level of fine particles in the air, one of the world's highest death tolls from air pollution.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 28, 2018, with the headline 'Riding through Lahore's toxic smog'. Print Edition | Subscribe