A huge, thick dust storm is spreading through much of northern Africa on March 29, 2018, disrupting normal life and suspending air traffic.
Heavy dust storm was already affecting Egypt, Chad and Niger on March 28. However, models and satellite imagery suggest it was not as thick as today.
NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP image acquired March 28, 2018
The worst-hit today was Sudan, especially its capital Khartoum where huge and thick dust storm crippled both road and air traffic.
Sand or dust storms are frequent in Sudan but they usually last a couple of hours. This one, however, is expected to continue affecting the region on Friday too. Its intensity is expected to ease up on Saturday, March 31.
NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP image acquired March 29, 2018
The storm is causing problems across many African countries and as far northeast as Syria and Jordan where officials were forced to close schools and universities.
Featured image: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP image acquired March 29, 2018
If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Your support makes a difference
Dear valued reader,
We hope that our website has been a valuable resource for you.
The reality is that it takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to maintain and grow this website. We rely on the support of readers like you to keep providing high-quality content.
If you have found our website to be helpful, please consider making a contribution to help us continue to bring you the information you need. Your support means the world to us and helps us to keep doing what we love.
Support us by choosing your support level – Silver, Gold or Platinum.
Other support options include Patreon pledges, one-off payments using PayPal and purchasing products from our webshop.
Thank you for your consideration. Your support is greatly appreciated.