Gallery: Whole City of Tehran Shut Down Due to Unsafe Smog Levels


For the third time in two weeks, Iran’s capital, Tehran, has been effectively shut down due to seriously unhealthy air pollution levels. All government offices, banks and schools were closed on Thursday and people with respiratory problems, children and the elderly were told to stay at home. Tehran is no stranger to smog, much like Los Angeles, and its geography makes it prone to smog problems, but the current levels are far above normal. The city has seen a 30 percent spike in respiratory illness related hospitalizations as it is enveloped in a yellow buttery looking opaque haze.

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