Source: Islamic Republic News Agency
The severe pollution in Ahvaz, Iran is currently a hot subject on the social media. Ahvazi people are venting their frustration and concerns through public posts or private messages often with a satirical tone. One such message reads:
"Hello, can you tell me the date and the year for today, since when I woke up there was 8 inches of dust covering me. It is my right to know how long I've been sleep."
Air pollution in Ahvaz has grown five times worse since Tuesday's air quality registers led to school closures, forcing them remain shut (see photos).
Status: "I cann't breathe!"
Hospital emergency rooms have reported an unprecedented rise in the number of patients arriving with respiratory problems, while the head of the Khuzestan Department of the Environment reported that they are no longer able to gauge the level of dust particles in the air, because the measurement has gone beyond the range of their equipment.
This means the concentration of dust particles in Ahvaz air is now more than 66 times the acceptable level.
Me and my friends in Ahvaz
Last July, Iran bought equipment from Russia to reduce dust particles in Khuzestan. The equipment has now been installed along Khuzestan's border with Iraq and was supposed to reduce the dust particles by seven percent; however, it seems to have been ineffective.
According to Ministry of Health reports, 80,000 people died in Iran last year from the effects of air pollution and dust particles.
Some 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 (read the report).
Most people complained that the authorities had failed to inform the public of the serious air-quality conditions in a timely manner.
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