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Air pollution forcing Tehran schools to close for two days

Report by Radio Zamaneh; photos by Amin Jalali, Islamic Republic News Agency

The Tehran Board of Education has announced that all Tehran schools will be closed on Sunday and Monday due to air pollution. ISNA reports that the head of the Board of Education announced on Saturday December 19 that all schools in Tehran and Shahr Rey at all levels will be closed for the next two days in response to heavy pollution.

The Iranian capitals' air quality has been in the red-alert zone since last week, and all emergency services are on alert to respond.

Last year, the head of Parliament's social welfare commission said 310 people die every day in Tehran as a result of air pollution.

by Sahar Avizheh, Iranian daily Ghanoon

Air pollution in Tehran usually worsens in winter. Fossil fuels, substandard gasoline sold at gas stations, an increasing number of motorcycles and industrial activity around the city are among the chief contributors to the pollution.


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