Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 3 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
The authorities in Tehran have issued a warning to the citizens, regarding the intensified air pollution in the city, IRIB News reported.
The Governor General of Tehran Province Morteza Tamaddon said that in all districts of Tehran, with the exception of Davavand, Firoozkooh and Lavansan districts, December 4-5 will be non-working days.
Tomorrow all ministries, offices, institutions, universities, schools will not be working in Tehran. Banks, medical centers however will function in normal regime.
Tamaddon urged residents not to use their cars, to have less traffic on the streets.
Iranian media also reported that in Esfahan and Arak cities of Iran the situation is close to the warning level, as both cities are in desperate need of rain.
In October, the CEO of Tehran's Air quality Control center Yusif Rashidi said that 4-5 thousand people die in Tehran yearly because of air pollution.
Some experts believe that the biggest reason of Tehran's heavy air pollution today is because car manufacturing in the country is being done at a lower level, and the amount of manufacturing should be reduced.
Iran has previously had laws implemented for dealing with the problem of air pollution, however none of them worked.
The laws included restricting traffic in Tehran (limiting cars entering the center of the city), as well as scheduled closure of schools and government offices.
Heavy dust storms also shrouded certain western and southwestern provinces of Iran, making breathing difficult for people.
Health officials have been warning about the aggravation of respiratory diseases and advised the elderly and children to stay indoors.
Experts say the dust storms descend on Iran from the deserts and dried-up ponds of Iraq and Saudi Arabia.