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Photos: Rain Brings Relief From Pollution For Tehran Residents

Photos by Rouhollah Yazdani, Mehr News Agency

Rainfall in Tehran has brought a much needed relief from the extreme pollution that had engulfed the city in recent days and caused major health concerns.

The severe air pollution forced the government to shut down schools, universities and offices for at two days this week. Some blame the government for not fulfilling its environmental responsibilities. Others blame dilapidated cars, substandard fuel and polluting industries.

Levels of pollution have risen in the past few days in major Iranian cities including Tehran, Isfahan and Mashhad. In the capital the problem is worse, because of its location wedged between mountains where polluted air becomes trapped.

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The metropolis of Tehran houses about 10 million people.
Tehran is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. Tehran is Iran's largest urban area and city, one of the largest cities in Western Asia, and the world's 19th largest city.


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