News ID: 153580
Published: 0725 GMT June 20, 2016

Iranian MPs propose motion to tackle dust pollution

Iranian MPs propose motion to tackle dust pollution

A group of Iranian lawmakers put forward a motion to oblige President Hassan Rouhani’s administration to address the issue of dust pollution in the country’s western provinces, a parliamentarian said.

Speaking to Tasnim News Agency, Hassan Soleimani said the motion, signed by 40 lawmakers, has been submitted to the Presiding Board of the Parliament.

"According to the motion, the administration will be obliged to take practical measures in line with the fight against dust and haze pollution and should submit reports on its measures to the Parliament,” added Soleimani, who represents the people of Kangavar, western province of Kermanshah, in the Parliament.

Head of Iran’s Department of the Environment (DoE) Masoumeh Ebtekar said Saturday that the sources of dust and haze pollution that has hit the country's western and southwestern provinces in recent days are Iraq and Syria.

She added that Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia have always been sources of dust storms and this is not a new phenomenon.

United Nations scientists have also said that the Middle East has been the worst hit by significant rise in sand and dust storms.

Iran and Kuwait are the most affected countries, largely because of sand and dust blowing in from Syria and Iraq.

Mismanagement of land and water amid conflicts in the region has been a key factor, as well as climate change.

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