One person died and more than 5,000 were hospitalized for respiratory problems in Iraq on Thursday due to a sandstorm that hit the country.
This is the seventh in a month, according to the Iraqi Ministry of Health.
According to the Daily Mail, residents in six of Iraq’s 18 provinces, including Baghdad and the vast western region of Al-Anbar, woke up once again and saw a dense cloud of dust covering the sky, giving it a spooky look. Orange color.
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As a sandstorm sweeps across Iraq, images of the suffocating atmosphere are making the rounds.
Dust storms have risen dramatically in Iraq in recent years due to declining soils and severe droughts exacerbated by climate change, with rising temperatures and a sharp drop in rainfall.
“One death has been reported in Baghdad,” and hospitals “have received at least 5,000 cases so far,” Health Ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr said in a statement.
Those most affected are people with “chronic respiratory illnesses such as asthma,” and the elderly, who suffer particularly from heart disease, he said.
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