1208 GMT January 20, 2019
Nearly 50 people were hospitalized in Iran’s province of Sistan-Baluchestan on Sunday after a dust storm hit the southeastern province, head of the province’s crisis management center said.
Abdolrahman Shahnavazi said that the affected people are suffering respiratory and cardiac problems caused by the dust storm which hit the northern part of the province on Sunday, IRNA reported.
The concentration of suspended particles in the province currently stands at 4,580 micrograms per cubic meter, which is thirty-one times higher than the permitted limits, Shahnavazi said.
The country’s largest province has been repeatedly hit by several natural disasters, including storms, floods, and drought.
Sistan-Baluchistan is not the only province to experience dust storms. In recent years, sand and dust storms in southwestern Iran, including the oil rich province of Khuzestan, have caused problems for the people living there.
Drought, dust storms, and air pollution in recent years have forced residents of Khuzestan to emigrate to neighboring provinces.