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Freak sandstorm kills at least four in Iran's capital Teheran

Published on Jun 3, 2014 12:08 AM

TEHERAN (AFP) - A massive sandstorm and record winds killed at least four people in Tehran on Monday, plunging the Iranian capital into darkness, knocking out power supplies, damaging buildings and causing massive disruption.

The freak weather struck at 5.10pm, sending residents dashing for cover as debris swept across streets and snapped trees. State media reported 110 kmh winds.

Forecasters on state television initially warned Teheranis to stay indoors, shortly before the ISNA news agency said the fatalities were caused by falling trees.

Mr Amin Sabernia, Iran's chief emergency official, announced the deaths and said at least 27 people were injured, 10 of them in a road accident when the gloom suddenly descended.

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