News ID: 196835
Published: 0224 GMT July 17, 2017

Sandstorm sends hundreds to hospital in southeastern Iran

Sandstorm sends hundreds to hospital in southeastern Iran

More than 5,000 local residents in Iran’s southeastern Sistan region received medical treatment in hospitals as a persistent sandstorm, part of annual 120-day winds, is tearing through the area.

Layers of dust on cars, streets and just about everything else outside are a common scene that people in Sistan have seen every day in recent weeks as the dust storm is roaring through the region, Tasnim News Agency reported.

While sandstorms, a result of 120-day winds, are not uncommon in the Sistan-Baluchestan Province, the speed of the recent one and the sheer amount of dust it raised have been highly unusual.

Dust particles were driven by winds gusts of 90 km/h in Sistan on Monday morning, grounding airplanes and causing respiratory problems across the region.

A flight from Tehran to the city of Zabol was canceled this morning as visibility was reduced to below 700 meters.

Gholam-Ali Rafa’at, the head of the Emergency Medical Service Department in Zabol, told reporters that more than 5,000 people have been admitted to medical centers in recent days for respiratory and ocular problems.

Meteorologists have warned residents to avoid staying outdoors, predicting that the strong winds and dust picked up by them will continue in the next three to four days.

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