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Photos: Isfahan Grapples With Air Pollution

Photos by Alieh Saadatpour, Mehr News Agency

Air pollution in the provincial city of Isfahan in central Iran has reached above safe levels. Similar problems in the capital city Tehran has prompted the Health Ministry to issue a warning for the elderly and children to avoid any unnecessary travel to the city center.

In recent years pollution has been a recurring problem for major cities in Iran. Last year the Iranian government enforced strict traffic laws to curb this deadly phenomenon; however, air pollution caused the government to close down public organizations, banks, schools and universities in Tehran. However, the experts believe the issue needs something more than a temporary solution.

Experts say low quality domestically produced gasoline, large number of gas-guzzling cars and motorcycles, and inefficient and outdated public transport system are the main factors responsible for the dangerous air pollution.

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