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Tehran Smog: Hundreds Fall Victim to Air Pollution
CAI-Asia has taken notice of the alarming number of people being brought to hospitals from pollution induced respiratory problems in Tehran, Iran. Air pollution in that part of the world is taking a heavy toll on its people.

CAI-Asia has taken notice of the alarming number of people being brought to hospitals from pollution induced respiratory problems in Tehran, Iran. Air pollution in that part of the world is taking a heavy toll on its people.

As many of you may already know, the capital has closed down its schools and nurseries for a few days due to the serious levels of smog that has affected the city since the start of the month. Some news sources say that over 1,600 people have fallen victim to heart attacks, breathing problems, headaches and fatigue. Although no fatalities have yet been reported, officials expect thousands of casualties if pollution levels are not brought under control.

There are 3 million vehicles in Tehran, 2/3 of which are over two decades old. Government officials are encouraging people not to drive their cars but use public transportation.

CAI-Asia would be interested to know of any firsthand accounts that you may be able to provide.

Below are some of the news articles over the past few days that are documenting this developing story:

Iran's air pollution-linked ailments increase 25%
Iranmania, 12 December 2005

Hadad criticizes policies leading to air pollution
Iranmania, 12 December 2005

Iran restricts car use in smoke-choked capital

Tehran schools closed due to smog
BBC, 6 December 2005

Hundreds treated over Tehran smog
BBC, 10 December 2005
Iranmania, 12 December 2005

If you want to know the current status of air quality in various areas of the the city, please visit link below:

Other links:

Iran: Environmental Issues (EIA)
Discussion on air pollution as the biggest environmental problem of Tehran

Iran: World Bank Loan to Help fight Pollution
The World Bank signed in 8 April 2003 a $20 million loan to support the Government of Iran in reducing the impact of water and air pollution in major cities across five provinces in the country. This initiative will focus on boosting the Department of Environment's ability to respond to pollution problems.

Ambient air quality levels in Tehran, Iran, from 1988 to 1993

Air Quality Control Company
From the link it is evident that CO levels remain to be in the unhealthy or hazardous levels in certain districts of the city

FYI: Iran's National Clean Air Day is celebrated every 19th of January.

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