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07/07/09

Tehran closes down for second day due to dust pollution

Photos by Amir Kholoosi, ISNA

Press TV - The rising level of dust pollution has forced the closure of Tehran's offices and educational centers for a second day.

According to Tehran Governor General Morteza Tamaddon, the decision was made to decrease the number of cars on the streets and decrease the level of particulate concentration.

"Traffic and using private vehicles could aggravate the air pollution in the capital," he said on Tuesday.

Studying the latest updates by Tehran's Air Quality Control Company (AQCC), Tehran's Committee for Coordinating Emergency Air Pollution found the particulate concentration at a dangerous level and declared the city closed down on Wednesday.

The committee had earlier announced that all offices and educational centers in Tehran Province would be closed on July 7, 2009 and its industrial centers would be closed from July 7 to 9.

Tehran Emergency Medical Service is on alert and medical experts suggest children, the elderly, and people suffering from heart and respiratory problems to stay indoors.

Many domestic flights have been cancelled due to thick dust, including the ones between Tehran and the southern city of Abadan.

Dust storms raising from Iraq and Saudi Arabia have hit Iran's western and southwestern areas, including the provinces of Qom, Kurdistan, Chahar-Mahal and Bakhtiari, Zanjan and Fars.

Iranian environmental experts are monitoring weather conditions and keeping a watchful eye on the situation.

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