The Punjab government collaborated with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to conduct an artificial rain experiment aimed at combating the rising levels of air pollution in Lahore. The 22 million residents of the city have been facing hazardous smog, which has led to a health crisis in the region. The deployment of 48 flares was used to induce rain through the cloud-seeding process, covering a diameter of 10 to 15 kilometers in Lahore. The initiative was implemented after careful consultation with experts to address the pressing issue of toxic air pollution that has infiltrated the lungs and bloodstreams of millions.
Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab, Mohsin Naqvi, announced the success of the experiment in a press conference. He stated that “light rain fell in 10 targeted regions” after the plan was meticulously executed in specific areas of Lahore. The UAE’s support for the artificial rain initiative was crucial, as it helped to ensure that only water was utilized and no additional expenses were incurred. Naqvi further affirmed that artificial rain poses no harm to health, and if there were any risks, countries like Dubai and America wouldn’t undertake such projects.
Artificial rain refers to a method of weather modification employed to stimulate rainfall by introducing specific substances into clouds. Cloud condensation or ice nuclei act as promoters of the formation and development of precipitation particles. Cloud seeding is typically carried out through aircraft, ground-based generators, or rockets. Although studies propose that cloud seeding may enhance precipitation under specific circumstances, its overall efficacy and potential long-term environmental consequences remain areas of ongoing research and discussion.