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Stimulant in rainfall sends hundreds to hospital in Ahvaz, Iran


Source: Radio Zamaneh

Ahvaz health officials say 1,500 people ended up in emergency rooms last night due to respiratory problems brought on by rain.

Acid rain in Ahvaz - cartoon by Firoozeh Mozaffari, Shargh daily

The Mehr News Agency reports that officials claim the presence of a stimulant in the rain water has been causing the widespread shortness of breath.

The officials report that continued rain will result in more emergency calls from people affected by the respiratory problems.

The WHO has ranked Ahvaz as one of the most polluted cities in the world.

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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.


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