Waves of Dust Invade Northern Iraq – July 6th, 200936.1N 44.0E
Thick dust waves swept the cities of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region since Friday, impairing visibility, causing health complications and hindering planes from taking off and landing at local airports.
Erbil City’s Emergency Hospital received 100 cases of suffocation due to the dust waves that invaded the area.
Director of Meteorological Service Department in Sulaimani said that this wave of dust came from the south of Iraq and will continue in Kurdistan Region until next Tuesday, reports PUKmedia. Baghdad had been experiencing a dust storm last week.
Here, the dust can be seen covering all of northern Iraq and spreading into two of the country’s neighbors, Iran and Syria. Turkey, to the north, is still clear, and Lake Van is completely visible. One close-up focuses on the Iraq-Iran border, where dust is encroaching on Iran’s Lake Urmia.
Dust storms were also affecting countries further south: in the full image, dust can be seen blowing over the Red Sea, northeast Sudan, southern Egypt, Eritrea and northern Ethiopia. The other close-up focuses on the Egypt-Sudan border, where dust can be seen blowing over the Red Sea into Saudi Arabia.