Pakistani Shiite Muslims mourn during a procession to mark the end of the forty day mourning period following the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
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Two weeks of thick toxic smog has disrupted normal life in parts of Pakistan, with flights cancelled, road accidents surging and nearly 15,000 people being hospitalized in and around Lahore, officials said on Friday.The thick blanket of grey air and pollutants has enveloped the eastern Pakistani city and several other urban areas for nearly two weeks, bringing visibility to zero most of the day.Levels of Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) have been touching 500mg per cubic meter in the last several days in parts of Pakistan where the normal upper limit is 150mg, said environment ministry spokesman Naseem-ur-Rehman Shah.
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