ENVIRONMENT

Fog and pollution force Sarajevo authorities to close down schools

Sarajevo authorities say they are closing down schools because of high pollution mixed with fog, and volunteers have begun distributing face masks to those who still decided to get out of the house despite warnings to reduce movement.

Schools are closing down after more than a month of dense fog, broken only by three or four clear days. Authorities said Wednesday it has been the longest siege of foul weather in decades.

Flights have been canceled for the past few days because of fog, a common occurrence at Sarajevo's airport in winter.

Meanwhile, people on social networks have been sharing photos of flocks of birds walking down streets, unable to fly because of reduced visibility.