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Pollution Said To Kill 3,600 A Month In Tehran

Smog shrouds the streets of Tehran in December (Fars) January 9, 2007 -- An Iranian official has said that air pollution has directly or indirectly killed 3,600 people in just a month in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

Mohammad Hadi Heydarzadeh, director of Tehran's clean-air committee, said the deaths in the Iranian month of Aban (October 23 to November 21) were caused by heart attacks caused by smog-related health problems.

Tehran is one of the world's most polluted cities, with cars cited as the biggest source of pollution.

(Radio Farda, AFP)

Iran's Youth

Iran's Youth

FOCUS ON YOUTH: Kaveh Basmenji is the head of RFE/RL's Persian-language Radio Farda. He was born in Tehran in 1961 and began working as a journalist at the age of 16. He recently spoke with RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari about his book "Tehran Blues" (Read an excerpt from the book.) and the role of youth in Iranian society today... (more).

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