Tehran - Air pollution has allegedly been the cause of 3,600 deaths in a month, in one of the world's most polluted cities, Tehran, which has led city officials to label it as a 'collective suicide.'
Air pollution is serious in Tehran, due to the availability of inexpensive fuel that has led to widespread and indiscriminate use of vehicles, defying universal emission norms. The result of flouting emission standards has led to a lethal type of air pollution called smog, spread by the combination of smoke and fog.
Smog is capable of causing heart attacks and respiratory problems. In Tehran, 80% of heart attacks are due to air pollution, which has also caused 10,000 deaths in 2006.
Mohammad Hadi Heydarzadeh, director of Tehran's clean air committee, said, 'It is a very serious and lethal crisis, a collective suicide. A real revolution is needed to resolve this problem.'
The most recent data available has shown the increase in deaths due to pollution. It is worse during winter months when the smog does not clear for many days.