Some 733 people rushed to hospitals as dust storm in Iran's southeastern region disrupted daily life.
"Due to the storm, 733 people from the cities of Zabul, Zehek, Hamun, Hirmend, and Nimruz in the northern part of Sistan-Baluchestan province sought medical attention at hospitals within three days. Among these individuals, 58 were hospitalized and treated,” Sistan-Baluchestan Emergency Director Mecid Muhibbi told Iran's official news agency IRNA.
The disadvantaged province also suffers from lack of clean water. Human right activists accused the government in Tehran for purposefully neglecting religious and ethnic minorities including the Baluch and the Kurds.
In a written statement, the Sistan-Baluchestan Governorate announced that government institutions and banks were closed today in the cities of Zabul, Zehek, Hamun, Hirmend, and Nimruz due to the sand and dust storm.
Last month, hundreds of people were hospitalized in Sistan-Baluchestan province due to a sandstorm.