Schools and factory shut down over air pollution concerns in Crimean town

5 September 2018

High levels of sulfur dioxide in the air raised pollution concerns in Crimean town.  The government evacuated thousands of children from their schools on Tuesday. Russian-backed Crimean Prime Minister said the concentration of the toxic gas in the air exceeded standard levels during monitoring carried out by local agencies. 

Then he added local factory that produces titanium dioxide pigment would temporarily close for two weeks. He did not confirm whether the high levels of sulfur dioxide in the air were linked to the factory's operations.  Residents have been complaining about foul smell and rust-coloured sticky substance on surfaces since August 23.