Massive pollution recorded in Iraqi capital as dust storm hit


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SULAIMANI — Iraqi director-general of the Radiation Protection Directorate said on Wednesday (May 18) that Baghdad experienced the highest daily environmental pollution on Monday as a fresh wave of dust storm hit the country.

Sabah Hassan Husseini told Shia News Association that environmental pollution peaked at around 9:00 a.m. in the Iraqi capital.

On Monday, hundreds of people were hospitalized with breathing difficulties throughout Iraq as a fresh dust storm hit the country.

Husseini said that the causes of the dust storm, which had come from outside Iraq, were drought and desertification and that the situation could be solved by planting trees and increasing green lands.

Experts have estimated that the amount of dust brought to Baghdad on Monday was more than 60 tons.

(NRT Digital Media)