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Severe dust storm hits Saudi Arabia and Iran

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Large dust storm originating in parts of northern Saudi Arabia and southern Iraq is affecting the region and southwest Iran's Khuzestan, still recovering from massive floods.

Authorities warn residents that dust particles have significantly increased air pollution index.

Tasnim News Agency said Khuzestan has seen a growing trend in the influx of fine particles in recent years, generated by drought-hit marshlands in neighboring countries. 

"The disruptive dust storms have pushed pollution in those border areas to alarming levels, raising health concerns," the agency said.

Featured image: Dust storm in Saudi Arabia on April 20, 2019. Credit: Natural Disaster

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