Iran shuts schools, offices in capital due to high pollution

DUBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Schools, universities and

government offices will be closed in Iran's capital Tehran on

Tuesday and Wednesday because of high air pollution, the state

news agency reported on Monday.

Tehran's governor Morteza Tamadon said hospitals and banks

would remain open, however, but told residents to avoid

unnecessary travel, IRNA news agency reported.

Levels of pollution caused mainly by vehicle fumes have

risen in the past few days in Tehran and some other big cities.

The problem is worst in the capital because of its location

wedged between two mountains where polluted air becomes trapped.

IRNA said schools and universities in Arak, main city of the

western Markazi province, had been closed on Monday and would

remain shut on Tuesday.

Authorities in Tehran often order the closure of schools and

government offices in autumn, when the air is stiller and high

pollution levels cause health problems.

(Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian; Editing by Pravin Char)

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