Newshub18 :The biggest threat to the Middle East is now dust storms.
The sky has turned orange. The hospitals are busy. Thousands of Iraqis are flocking to the hospital’s emergency room. They complained that they could not breathe. Some people have to use respirators. Many organizations have asked employees to work from home. Many schools are closed. Flights have been canceled at airports.
This is due to a severe dust storm. The sandstorm of the desert is disrupting life in many parts of the Middle East. The storm is becoming a major threat to the health of the people there.
Severe dust storms have been seen in Iraq almost every week since last April. Decades ago, two or three large sandstorms could be seen every year. But this spring, Iraq has already faced at least eight storms. Of these, about 4,000 people had to be hospitalized in a storm on May 16. In the meantime, there have been casualties on the Syrian border. Frequent sandstorms are wreaking havoc on millions of people and causing billions of dollars in damage.
According to The Economist, sandstorms have always been a reality in the lives of people in the Middle East. It is home to the world’s largest warm desert, the Sahara, and the third-largest Arabian desert. Each year the winds carry about 60 million tons of Sahara sand to the Caribbean.
Dust storms are a common name in some countries. The storm, named Shyamal, blows southwest along the Arabian coast. The skyscraper in Dubai, Manama, the capital of Bahrain, is covered in dust. To the Egyptians this dust storm is known as Khamsin. The storm blows during the spring. In the Sahara, there is enough sand to cover the sun.
According to the AFP news agency, the countries of the Arab world realized in May how terrible the dust storm could be. The hurricane, which swept across the Middle East, also hit the United Arab Emirates. An emergency warning was issued in the country. Due to the dust storm, the dust spread all around. The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, went unnoticed for some time.
Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai, is 727 meters (2,617 feet 6 inches) high. It is known as the tallest building in the world. It is the main economic center of the UAE. It can be seen with the naked eye from many surrounding areas. However, during that dust storm, it seemed that someone had spread a layer of dust over the Burj Khalifa.
In addition to the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East, including Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, has been hit by dust storms. Many airports, schools and other facilities in the Middle East were closed due to the news of the storm.
Dust storms in the Middle East are now becoming more frequent and intense. Excessive grass cutting, deforestation, excessive use of river water and construction of dams are being blamed for this trend. Experts say climate change is disrupting regional climate patterns. Desertification can make the situation worse.
Scientists say dust storms are complex and not easily understood. However, the main reason is natural. In 2015, many blamed Syria’s civil war for the devastating storm. Many people think that the armored vehicles have caused a lot of dust in the area. But researchers at Princeton University in the United States have blamed wind and excess heat for the storm. They did not get the role of gunmen in this case