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Report: Dust Storm Roars Into Iran, Killing 5

June 3, 2014

By The Associated Press

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A heavy dust storm roared into Iran`s capital Monday, blacking out the sun in a swirling cloud and tearing down trees in a squall that killed five people and injured 30, state television reported.

The storm struck Tehran with winds of up to 68 mph, state television reported. Its report said the storm killed five people, while Iran`s official IRNA news agency said it killed four people as winds hit 80 mph.

The TV report said the storm broke trees and plunged the capital into darkness for several minutes. It said the storm caused a chain-reaction crash on a highway south of the capital with 20 vehicles and caused international flights to be cancelled. Air traffic controllers diverted several domestic flights to central Iran.

Authorities asked children and the elderly, as well as those with heart problems, to remain indoors due to the dust.

The TV report said heavy winds also engulfed parts of central Iran, but there were no reports of any casualties.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story Image: A tower crane is is enveloped in dust in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 2, 2014, while a flash dust storm hits the Iranian capital. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

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