Dust Pollution Reaches Dangerous Levels in Several Iranian Provinces
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The air pollution caused by haze and particles in Iran’s western, southwestern, central, and southeastern provinces has reached hazardous levels.
Air conditions are alarming in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan as its air pollution levels have risen to 9 times the limits.
Air condition in the country’s southwestern province of Khuzestan has been also classified as unhealthy where air pollution has exceeded safe limits set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In central and western Iran, Isfahan and Kermanshah are among the most polluted provinces.
Haze is also expected to cover other provinces of the country, including Tehran.
Iranian residents in the western and southwestern provinces that border Iraq are facing a growing trend in the influx of fine particles, which are generated by drought-hit marshlands in neighboring countries.
The disruptive dust storms have pushed pollution in those border areas to alarming levels, raising health concerns.
The particles, carried by winds, can penetrate the lungs and enter the bloodstream, causing serious diseases such as lung cancer, asthma and heart problems.