ISTANBUL

Air pollution in major Turkish cities has fallen significantly due to reduced activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Levels of airborne particulate matter in 29 metropolitan areas of Turkey have dropped 32%, according to data provided by air quality measurement stations and municipalities.

The drop came about due to reduced industrial production and transportation owing to the measures against coronavirus implemented across Turkey.

The highest decline — 60% — was seen in Kahramanmaras, followed by Sanliurfa (58%), Hatay (55%), Van (53%), Erzurum (51%), and Eskisehir (51%).

There was a 27% drop in air pollution in the capital Ankara and 11%

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