Tehran Pollution Crisis 2012

Posted by Robyn, January 10, 2013

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,” the New York Times notes.

via Tehran Pollution Crisis 2012: Thousands Dead In Iran’s Capital As Government Warns To Stay Indoors.