Tehran Dust Storm Kills 5 people

One individual died when a tree broke off and fell on top of him and four others lost their lives as they were hit by falling debris. It also left 30 others injured in the capital city, the state run Tasnim News Agency reported.

The officials in the Emergency Centre say the level of damage caused by the whirlwind is still uncertain. The number of casualties especially due to chain-reaction crash on a highway south of the capital is expected to rise. Monday’s storm roared into the capital at an estimated speed of 130 kilometers per hour.

It caused temporary power outages in some districts of Tehran and broke trees. It also caused international flights to be cancelled.

This storm occurs at the time that the Meteorological Agency this morning had only predicted the periodic rain and lightning in Tehran!