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Severe dust storm engulfs parts of Iraq

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Major dust storms hit large parts of Iraq, including the capital Baghdad, on May 1 and 2, 2022, turning the skies over the country orange.

The storm that hit Baghdad on May 1 is described as one of the strongest in recent decades.

Visibility in many parts of the country was dropped to less than 500 m (1 640 feet), grounding flights at Baghdad and Najaf airports.

At least 63 people in Najaf suffering from respiratory were admitted to hospitals and another 30 in the province of Anbar.

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Dust storm over Iraq on May 1, 2022. Credit: NOAA-20/VIIRS
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Dust storm over Iraq on May 1, 2022. Credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS

Last month, Iraq experienced a series of dust storms, grounding flights and causing dozens of people to seek medical assistance.

Featured image: Dust storm over Iraq on May 1, 2022. Credit: NOAA-20/VIIRS

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