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Almost 4 in 10 Italian families live with pollution

Istat warns air quality low in northern Lombardy region and Rome

11 February, 15:10
Almost 4 in 10 Italian families live with pollution (See related) (ANSA) - Rome, February 11 - Nearly 4 in 10 Italian families live with high levels of air pollution, national statistical agency Istat said Tuesday.

About 36.7% of households reported experiencing pollution problems near their homes and almost 19% complained of unpleasant odors, the agency said in an extensive report on life in Italy.

A high level of concern was found in the northern industrial region of Lombardy, base for Italy's major business capital city of Milan, with about 50.1% of families there affected.

Nearby in the north-west region of the country, the percentage fell to about 44.4% of households experiencing pollution. The rate fell even further to about 36.5% around Venice in the north-east and dropped to low levels of about 24.7% in the far north Trentino-Alto Adige region.

In Italy's centre, the region of Lazio - where the Italian capital city of Rome is based - pollution levels reached as high as 43.6% while further south, the Campania region reported levels of 40.1% and Sicily was one of the lowest at 35.1%.