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Anger in Ahvaz over government inaction on dust pollution

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Ahvaz residents took to the streets on Friday January 30 to protest the lack of any effective government action to combat the previous day's dust storm, which pushed the concentration of air particles to more than 66 times the acceptable level.

Iranian media did not cover the demonstration, but the public posted a number of reports and photos of the demonstration on social media with demonstrators saying "Clean Air is our Absolute Right!".

Photo by Mohammadreza Salehi, ISNA

On Friday, the air in Ahvaz remained filled with dust. The Environment Department reported that until 2 PM, dust levels were at 3,477 micrograms per cubic meter, which is 25 times more than the highest acceptable level.

Other Khuzestan cities have also been languishing in dust pollution slightly lower than Ahvaz levels. Reports indicate that the high dust levels in Abadan, Dezfool and Dasht-e Azadegan have finally subsided.

Photo by Mohammadreza Salehi, ISNA

Most people complained that the authorities had failed to inform the public of the serious air-quality conditions in a timely manner.

The government has allotted 550 billion toumans to handle the problems posed by dust particles. Last year, 17 Khuzestan representatives resigned in protest against the inadequate budgets for this problem.


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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