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Press Release Islamabad,   1st March 2016
 
PMD Pollen Monitoring Network for Spring 2016

The spring season generally starts in March in Islamabad every year. The pollen concentration increases gradually with the onset of spring season and attains its peak around mid March. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has installed pollen monitoring devices for spring season in different sectors of Islamabad (H-8, E-8, F-10 and G-7). Pollen monitoring unit of PMD monitors eight types of pollens i.e. Paper Mulberry, Pine, Dandelion, Cannabis, Acacia, Alternaria, Eucalyptus and Grasses. The Paper Mulberry is the most abundant among all and its concentration touches the extreme limits of about 40,000 per cubic meter of air at the peak of blossom season. People suffering from Asthma and respiratory diseases experience serious consequences due to sharp increase in pollen concentrations. PMD will continue issuing warnings/advisories for allergy patients as and when the situation arises till the end of the season in mid April. The information about pollen concentration in different sectors of Islamabad will be made available on daily basis to the TV channels, Radio and Newspapers. At the same time, it will be regularly uploaded on PMD website: www.pmd.gov.pk Public may contact at following phone numbers for related information; 051-9250369, 051-9250364, 051-9250363 and 051-9250334 or email at pollen@pmd.gov.pk for queries regarding pollen count.

  (Dr.Ghulam Rasul)
  Director General PMD
 
 
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