1208 GMT January 20, 2019
Dust storm hit several cities in northern part of Sistan-Baluchestan Province, which led to closure of schools and state organizations.
Head of the province’s Crisis Management Center Abdolrahman Shahnavazi said on Saturday that the concentration of suspended particles in the province stands at 6,262 micrograms per cubic meter, which is forty-two times higher than the permitted limits.
More than 80 people were hospitalized on Saturday, suffering respiratory problems, 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.