Air pollution alert declared in north-eastern most Moravia-Silesia region


An air pollution alert has been declared in parts of the Moravia-Silesia region in the northeast of the Czech Republic. Pollution exceeded permitted levels in the Ostrava, Karviná and Frýdek-Místek districts. People with chronic breathing disorders, elderly people and small children are recommended to refrain from outdoor physical exertion, while drivers have been asked to leave their cars at home if possible. The Ostrava region, with heavy industry and intense traffic, is one of the most polluted areas in central Europe.