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Iran: Thousands go to Khuzestan hospitals after "acid rain"

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Following a rainy day in various parts of Khuzestan Province on Saturday November 2, many people went to hospitals with serious bouts of choking and shortness of breath. ISNA reports that 3,100 people reported serious respiratory symptoms in Khuzestan following the weekend rainfall.

The report adds that another 1,000 people sought hospital care on Monday.

An Ahvaz representative in Parliament told ISNA that at least 5,000 people have been treated in the southwestern province's hospitals following what he referred to as "acid rain."

The city of Ahvaz is the capital of the Iranian province of Khuzestan. It is built on the banks of the Karun River and is situated in the middle of Khuzestan Province. The city has an average elevation of 20 meters above sea level. The city had a population of 1,338,126 in 2006.

A crisis committee is now reportedly investigating the causes of this event.

The World Health Organization has recognized Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan, as one of the world's most polluted cities, citing heavy industry and low-quality car fuel as a major cause of this pollution.

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