Massive dust and sand storm hits Middle East, sending hundreds to hospitals

A massive dust and sand storm swept over northern Saudi Arabia, Syria, parts of Jordan and much of Iraq on October 29, 2017, significantly reducing visibility and sending a large number of people to hospitals.

In Kurdistan Region’s capital city of Erbil (Iraq), the visibility was dropped to less than 300 m (984 feet), officials said. “Since Saturday night, the Kurdistan Region has come under a heavy dust storm reducing visibility to a large extent,” said Fazil Ibrahim, head of Earthquake and Metrology Department. “The sight distance inside Erbil is less than 300 meters.”

Source: Massive dust and sand storm hits Middle East, sending hundreds to hospitals

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