- Title: RUSSIA: HEAVY SMOG ONCE AGAIN BLANKETS MOSCOW
- Date: 11th September 2002
- Summary: (U3) MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SEPTEMBER 10, 2002) (REUTERS) 1. SLV THICK SMOG OVER "NEW MADENS'" NUNNERY; SMOG OVER RIVER / BUILDINGS IN SMOG; TRAFFIC IN SMOG; SUNSHINE PEEKING THROUGH SMOG / PEOPLE WALKING IN SMOG (6 SHOTS) 0.36 2. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VALERIYA, MOSCOW RESIDENT, SAYING "It's very hard for our children to cope with the smog. Their throat burns and they cough." 0.41 3. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) NINA, MOSCOW RESIDENT, SAYING "It's a bit better today. But it was so bad that I didn't leave home at all for a few days." 0.47 4. SLV STREET STALL SELLING RUSSIAN NESTING DOLLS (MATRYOSHKA DOLLS); PEOPLE WALKING ON STREETS; SLV KREMLIN IN SMOG (3 SHOTS) 1.02 5. SLV MOSCOW RIVER / CHRIST THE SAVIOUR CATHEDRAL IN SMOG (2 SHOTS) 1.14 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 26th September 2002 13:00
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVA50RPA9C6R2J498AQZRLYA31BD
- Story Text: Heavy smog once again blanketed the Russian capital of
Moscow trapping in noxious fumes and creating poor visibility.
Fuelled by forest fires and burning peat bogs, the
smog has covered Moscow and much of European Russia for the
past weeks and was still hanging over the capital on Tuesday
(September 10, 2002).
Weekend rains have given Russians a small breather but
the smoke and fumes are still raising from forests made dry by
a summer of drought.
In Moscow, the smoke has combined with exhaust fumes to
create a pungent and odious layer of smog. The carbon
monoxide levels have exceeded by four times the accepted level
over the summer.
On Tuesday, the levels were down to only two times.
It's taking a toll on Muscovites, especially the children
and the elderly.
"It's very hard for our children to cope with the smog.
Their throat burns and they cough," says Valeriya.
"It's a bit better today. But it was so bad that I didn't
leave home at all for a few days", said another
Meteorologists predict that the smog will continue to
irritate Muscovites until heavy rains arrive, hopefully by the
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