Air pollution readings in Bitola were described as “lethal” by city council member Ivan Culakoski, after the measuring station read 600 micrograms per cubic meter of PM10 particles.

These particles, emitted mostly by burning wood, coal and rubber or plastics for heating, cause all sorts of health problems.

– The air this evening is lethal. And the city authorities give no recommendations, no comment, just silence! We can only pray to God we don’t get any disease breathing this air, Culakoski said.

Such dramatic levels of air pollution are recorded all over Macedonia during the winter, given the lack of gas supply for heating. Besides the PM10 particles, a recent report by the Undark magazine raised the alarm on the PM2.5 particles, which may be even more dangerous to the public health.