IRAN: Air pollution levels in capital prompt public holiday
Air pollution levels in the Iranian capital of Tehran have gotten so high that authorities declared Wednesday a public holiday.
All state-run organizations (and there are many in Iran), banks and universities were shuttered (link in Persian*) by order of the Emergency Committee for Tehran's Air Pollution.
Tehran's population has exploded from several million 30 years ago to about 12 million.
Photo: A view of Iran's capital city of Tehran on Wednesday as air pollution in Tehran reached critical levels again, forcing the government to declare a public holiday. Credit: Abedin Taherkenareh / European Pressphoto Agency
*Mistakenly described as Arabic in previous version.