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Tehran air pollution reaches alarming levels

TEHRAN, Iran, October 5, 1999 - Air pollution in Iran's capital, Tehran, has reached alarming levels over the past two days, prompting calls for the elderly and children to avoid going out unless absolutely necessary, state radio said.

Tehran's air quality control agency told the radio that pollution levels in the capital had reached three times the accepted standards.

The pollution rise was attributed to a significant increase in the volume of traffic in the city of 10 million people and very low wind speeds.