#Ahwazna – New round of acid rain in Ahwaz caused thousands to go hospitals
The local websites, on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, have reported that inhaling high amounts of dangerous pollutants and gasses like sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) which existed in high levels in the new round of acid rain in Ahwaz capital, have caused one thousands Ahwazi Arab citizens to get sick and to be admitted to hospitals and emergency room visits. The severity of fatal incidences such as premature death from heart and lung disorders, chronic asthma and bronchitis and surge in hospital admissions of Ahwazi Arab people with poison symptoms due to acid rain which contains dangerous emissions have been increased in Ahwaz region as a whole. The environmental conditions have been exacerbated for Ahwazi Arabs due to acute increase in the air and water pollution intensity when people cannot walk without putting on mask in the street. Last year, at the beginning of autumn, around 20,000 Ahwazi Arab citizens due to acid rain were admitted to the hospitals and the clinic centers as a result of respiratory disorders within one day but the phenomenon is not briefed here as water-borne diseases such as cholera and Infectious skin diseases broke out in the region causing the condition to get worse than ever. The humanitarian situation of Ahwazi Arab people due to air and water contamination is so serious, as discharging high proportions of saline effluents and wastewater from the sugar cane projects into the rivers has exacerbated the situation by causing high salinity into the water of rivers. This caused the Ahwaz water to be totally undrinkable and even could not be used for washing. The drying up of the wetlands, under way water diversion projects mainly from Karoon and karkha Rivers, burning sugar cane fields, waste accumulation, high percentage of air humidity(95%) and massive industrial pollutions are the major contributors causing acid rain in Ahwaz.