Dust storm sends hundreds to hospital in Iran

IRNA – Some 465 people were taken to hospitals and medical centers in southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan due to complications caused by dust storm took place over the past several days, according to a provincial official.

Abrolrahman Shahnavazi, the director of crisis management department of Sistan-Baluchestan governor-general, told IRNA correspondent on Saturday that the dust storm caused respiratory, eye and heart complications for local residents sending hundreds of them to hospitals.

He said that some 127 were hospitalized while the rest received outpatient treatment.

The maximum speed of the storm was reported at nearly 70 mph in the city of Zabol reducing the horizontal visibility at the city’s airport to 600 meters, Shahnavazi said.