- Schools closed Wednesday for third day straight
- Traffic restrictions in place to improve air quality
A thick haze with dangerous pollution levels has covered Tehran since Monday, obscuring the city's skyline and prominent landmarks. Authorities also implemented traffic restrictions in an effort to improve air quality.
President Hassan Rouhani addressed the issue this week, saying Iranians "cannot be indifferent to the problem," the government's Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.
"The Iranian government attaches great importance to the question of environment," Rouhani said at a press conference in Tehran. "All of us are responsible to the issues related to environment."
On Monday, Deputy Health Minister Ali Reza Raeisi announced that 20,000 Iranians die every year from ailments