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Tehran schools ordered shut over air pollution

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Posted November 11, 2013
A view of Tehran taken from a vantage point in the east of Tehran shows the metropolitan capital covered in smog on June 26, 201
A view of Tehran taken from a vantage point in the east of Tehran shows the metropolitan capital covered in smog on June 26, 2013
Air pollution has forced Iranian authorities to close elementary schools and kindergartens in Tehran province for three days from Sunday, the state broadcaster said.

 

Schools had already been closed due to pollution on Sunday, while government agencies were to shorten working hours on Monday and Tuesday as pollution has reached alarming levels.

Sunday’s decision to extend the school closure for more two days was made by a crisis committee on air pollution, the broadcaster said.

In addition, alternate-day driving restrictions had been imposed for private vehicles based on plate numbers, it said.

A constant woe for the eight million residents of the Iranian capital, pollution is blamed on bumper-to-bumper traffic and factories in the vicinity of the city wedged between two mountains, thus trapping fumes.

The poor air quality is also exacerbated by reliance on domestic production of petrol of a lower quality, and therefore more polluting, a byproduct of Western sanctions on Iran’s fuel imports.

Read more at: Phys.org

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