Very high risks with regard to air pollution have been announced by health officials in Serbia after very high levels were recorded in Belgrade and other major cities in the state. In Belgrade, in particular, a dense cloud has been visible for some days and the same city has been inserted several times over the last week in the list of the most polluted cities in the world.
Supporting this particular level of pollution would be the unusual heat of this period, as specified by the Serbian environmental protection agency, as well as high atmospheric pressure and an almost non-existent wind. A doctor in a pediatric clinic in the city declares to the AFP that in the last days hospitalization and outpatient visits for respiratory infections have increased and this is certainly related to particulate levels higher than 200 micrograms per cubic meter recorded in the same period in Belgrade and surroundings, a conglomerate where more than 1.5 million people live.
To cause the pollution and in particular the strange clouds that can be seen in the sky would have been the fires brought by the farmers around Belgrade to free the land in order to cultivate new fields, a story that is repeating itself also in other areas of Serbia, such as those around Novi Sad or Subotica.
Problems similar to the level of pollution were also recorded in Bosnia and in Macedonia.