Tehran Shuts Schools, Agencies Amid Smog

Tehran Shuts Schools, Agencies Amid Smog

Schools, universities and government agencies in Tehran will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday due to pollution, the province’s governor Morteza Tamadon said on state television.

Air pollution has reached a critical level in the past few days due to trapped smog in the Iranian capital, as well as several other major cities, including Isfahan and Arak.

Each year around this time, the pollution forces the closure of schools and government institutes for several days.

Principle air pollutants in Tehran are fumes from Iranian-made vehicles which on average consume more fuel than in other countries with a generally lower quality gasoline.