Air Pollution Kills Thousands In Iran


Hassan Aqajani, an adviser to Iran’s health minister announced Sunday that 4,460 people have died from air pollution in Tehran in a one-year period since March 2011, AFP reports. The announcement came just as a five-day closure of government offices, schools, and banks because of air pollution came to an end — the second such shutdown in a month.

Though the city has reopened its public buildings, officials are still urging residents to remain indoors, likening going outside in current conditions to “suicide.”

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