"5 of Europe's 10 most polluted cities are in Balkans"

With the arrival of winter, Western Balkans countries are suffocating in smog of exhaust gases from very old cars and thousands of chimneys, AFP reports.

Source: B92, Avaz.ba
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According to the agency, the only ones who are happy are vendors of air purifiers.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), on the list of the ten most polluted cities in Europe, five are in the Balkans, and they are Bosnia-Herzegovina), Pljevlja (Montenegro) and Skopje, Tetovo and Bitola (Macedonia).

The WHO warns that this is dealing great damage to the economy and to people. According to a WHO survey from 2016, it is estimated th in 2010 air pollution was the cause of the death of more than 37,000 people in the Western Balkans, which has 23 million inhabitants. It is six times more than in France, but since then no measures have been taken to curb atmospheric pollution, Bosnia-based website Avaz reported.

Sarajevo is also heavily polluted, with about 150,000 cars, which are on average 18 years old. Mass heating by burning coal and wood also contributes to the pollution, with smoke rising from thousands of chimneys in Bosnia's capital.

Serbian cities have not been included on this list, but according to recent data from the Serbian Environmental Protection Agency, Nis and Valjevo are the two cities with the most polluted air in the country.

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