The dust storm that started on March 17 continued its southward movement two days later, drifting off the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula and over the Gulf of Aden. Dust was especially thick over western Yemen and the western part of the Gulf of Aden. Off the coast of eastern Yemen and western Oman, the dust was much thinner. The cloud of dust stopped short of the Somalia coast and the island of Suqutrá (Socotra).
By the time MODIS acquired this image above, dust activity over the Arabian Peninsula had caused hardship in multiple countries, affecting airports and schools, and forcing hundreds to seek hospitalization.
The high-resolution version of this image (as it could be seen bellow)shows a portion of another dust storm centered in southwest Asia.
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