Air pollution in Tehran has reached such dangerous levels. The state-run news media has blame the sand storms in the western provinces.
In January this year, universities and government offices in Tehran were closed because of high air pollution. At the time, officials in Tehran called on residents to remain indoors or avoid downtown areas.
According to the World Health Organization’s 2011 report on air quality and health, three of Iran’s cities are among the world’s 10 most polluted cities.
A staggering 13,000 people die annually in Tehran as a result of air pollution, an official of the Iranian regime’s Health Ministry also admitted recently.
Tehran residents blame the regime’s production of poor-quality petrol for the pollution and complain that the same levels of pollution do not exist in other major cities like Isfahan, Arak, Tabriz, Mashhad, Karaj and Ahvaz.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday May 14, schools in the city of Boroujerd, east of Iran, were also closed down due to air pollution.
One government official said: “The amount of dust particles floating in the air in the city of Boroujerd is 13 times higher than normal.”