Iran to close Tehran schools due to high levels of pollution

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — All schools in the Iranian capital of Tehran will close for a day because of dangerously poor air quality, the country’s state television reported on Tuesday.

Tehran’s primary schools have been closed for two days. Tehran has more than 10 million residents. But, the TV reported that the increasing pollution is forcing all schools to close on Wednesday. Classes will continue online.

Similar measures were announced in Tehran’s neighboring Alborz. Iran’s school week runs from Saturday through Wednesday.

On Tuesday, authorities reminded the elderly, sick and children to take extra precautions.

Tehran’s air is among the most polluted in the world and school closures because of poor air quality are a regular occurrence. Heavy traffic and factory pollution are the main causes of smog. It is usually worsened during cold seasons.

Inversions often hover over Tehran during winter. Three sides of the city are surrounded by mountains and tall hills. The valley is surrounded by mountains and tall hills on three sides.

After a sandstorm swept through Tehran and the surrounding areas, schools and government offices were forced to close in July.

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