Iran to close schools and offices due to dust storm

Schools, universities and offices will be closed in Tehran on Wednesday after another sandstorm blanketed parts of the Iranian capital and other cities, Fars news agency reported.

Schools and government offices were also forced to close in the Iranian capital last week due to the bad weather conditions. This week's storm is the fourth severe sandstorm in Iran since mid-April.

Iran’s west, along the border with Iraq, has seen frequent closures of schools and offices due to dust and sandstorms.

In the region, flights and air traffic were also suspended at Kuwait International Airport following severe weather caused by a dust storm, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority said on Monday.

Dust storms have also smothered Iraq, Saudi Arabia and parts of the UAE. Worsening weather conditions are also expected in the coming days.