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Dust Clouds Tehran, Iran's Western Provinces

Source: Mehr News Agency

The Tehran Provincial Directorate of Environment Protection has issued a warning about an increase of dust originating from Iraq's dried ponds that has descended on the metropolis. Heavy dust storms also shrouded certain western and southwestern provinces of Iran, making breathing difficult for people.

Photo: Women wearing masks during a recent dust storm in Ahvaz, southwestern Iran

Long-term plans needed to deal with dust storm: councilor

A Tehran city councilor says the problem of dust storm can only be resolved through long-term plans and diplomatic efforts.

"Symbolic moves cannot resolve the problem of dust storm and its solution is (dependent on) long-term plans and cooperation with international forums," Ma'soumeh Ebtekar, the chairwoman of the environment committee of the Tehran City Council told the Mehr News Agency in an interview published on Saturday.

Air pollution alert issued in Tehran over choking dust storm

Dust storms which once in a while cover large parts of Iran mainly originate from Iraq and parts of Jordan, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.

Ebtekar, an environmental expert, said if this problem is not resolved it will leave "heavy economic and health costs" on the Iranian society.

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