According to official media, 833 persons have been sent to hospitals and medical institutes in the Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan during the last five days owing to health difficulties induced by sandstorms.
According to the Xinhua news agency, Majid Mohebi, the chairman of the province’s Disaster Mitigation and Management Organization, 128 of those persons were hospitalized as a result of the sandstorms, largely for breathing issues, heart problems, or eye disorders.
The chairman of the Sistan and Baluchestan Red Crescent Society, Seyed Mohammad Mehdi Sajjadi, stated that over 6,000 face masks were distributed to local inhabitants in storm-affected districts of the province.
Strong winds are predicted to persist in the following days, perhaps causing further sand storms, according to Mohsen Heidari, director general of the province’s meteorological organisation.
Every year, the province sees severe summer winds from May through late September.