0602 GMT June 26, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Wednesday called for cooperation with regional and neighboring countries to effectively resolve the problem of increasing air pollutants as well as the haze and dust particles.
Making the remark at a cabinet meeting, Raeisi added that the problem, mainly caused by sandstorms entering the country from western borders, is more serious in the southeastern province of Khuzestan, president.ir reported.
The president called on the Department of the Environment to solve the issue through consultations with neighboring states and in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry and other related organizations.
Over the past few weeks, people in various Iranian provinces have been grappling with occasional swarms of haze and dust particles, failing to see the otherwise clear azure sky on some days.
On Tuesday, low air quality in some provinces forced authorities to order the closure of schools, universities, and public offices, with that of the academic and educational centers extended for another day.
On Monday, the air quality levels saw an alarming drop in Tehran and other major cities.
Authorities blamed the poor air quality on devastating dust storms emanating from neighboring Iraq and Syria.
It was the third severe dust storm to hit Iran since mid-April, which the country’s authorities have mainly attributed to external factors, including dam construction activities by Turkey.
Pollution caused some nine million people to die prematurely in 2019, according to a new global report published on Wednesday, AFP wrote.