0904 GMT January 19, 2019
Since August 6, 243 people have referred to hospitals in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, southeastern Iran, due to respiratory disorders caused by dust storms, a crisis management official said.
“These people suffered heart, breathing and ocular conditions and had to refer to hospitals and emergency centers,” Reza Arbabi told IRNA.
“Only 40 of them, though, had to be hospitalized,” he added. “The drought of Hamun Lake led to the dust storm, threatening the health of the residents of the province.”
Meanwhile, a meteorology expert said on Wednesday that the concentration of suspended particles grew 16 times larger than the standard limit – five times over the crisis limit.
“The figure has reached 2,486 micrograms per cubic meter,” said Morteza Faraji.
The province is the second largest in Iran with an area of 180,726 sq. km and a population of 2.5 million.