Dust storm shuts down Iran’s southwestern airport
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 13
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
The airport authority of southwestern province of Khuzestan has announced that the airport of Ahvaz city will not carry out any flights until further notice due to poor horizontal visibility over exposed areas.
Mohammadreza Rezaei, the provincial aviation authority, has said that the horizontal visibility at airport has reduced to less than 200 meters, ISNA news agency reported.
According to the official, two flights have already been canceled and no other flights will be conducted at Ahvaz airport until further notice.
Last year, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved Iran’s proposed resolution titled “Combatting Dust Storms”.
Iran's Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo said that Iran is well familiar with the impacts of dust storms and for the same reason it has put countering it on its agenda.
He said that the UN resolution clearly emphasized that dust storms adversely affects public health, urging the UN and World Health Organization (WHO) to work out a global strategy to aid the affected countries.