The air is so poisonous that all schools in a capital of ten million are closed

In the capital of ten million, primary schools have been closed for two days, but the level of air pollution has now forced the authorities to close all educational institutions on Wednesday. The school week in Iran runs from Saturday to Wednesday.

Under the current circumstances, education continues via the Internet, in the framework of distance learning. Similar measures were adopted in the province of Alborz, which is adjacent to the capital.

The authorities also called on the elderly, the sick and children to take precautions. Tehran has been struggling with air pollution for decades due to heavy traffic and industrial production. In winter, smog regularly reaches dangerous levels in the city, which lies at the foot of Elburz, in a valley surrounded on three sides by mountains and hills. As the cold weather sets in, the air in the valley settles permanently.

Authorities in Tehran last closed schools and government offices in July following a sandstorm.

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Source: – Gazdaság by

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