Tehran Residents Urged to Leave the City
Iran’s Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi urged Tehran residents to leave the city, if possible, to escape choking air pollution that has reached “dangerous” levels. Ms. Dastjerdi said the hospital admissions in recent days have increased by 15 percent, with people suffering headaches, respiratory difficulties and nausea. (Arman, 5 December)
The pollution, blamed mainly on the city's bumper-to-bumper traffic, is a constant woe for Tehran's eight million residents. The schools and government offices have been closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and will remain closed on weekend’s Thursday and Friday.
Photos: Air pollution in Tehran; 5 December 2012.
Top photo: Abdulwahed Mirzazadeh/ISAN
Bottom photo: Abolfazl Samanzadeh/Mehr News Agency