20,000 die each year in Tehran from air pollution: official (Report)

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A member of Tehran city council has said that more than 20,000 Tehran residents die annually from air pollution.

A Sunday report by the semi-official ILNA news agency quotes Majid Farahani as saying that the figure has more than doubled since 2005.

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Over the past few years, air pollution has on several occasions compelled Iranian authorities to close all schools and offices in the capital city.

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Authorities have tried to reduce the city’s air pollution by limiting the number of vehicles, blaming it on millions of old-fashioned motorbikes and cars stuck in prolonged traffic jams.

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