Massive sandstorm engulfs parts of Jordan

sandstorm jordan october 15 2023

A massive sandstorm swept through several areas of Jordan, including the city of Azraq and the capital Amman, on October 15, 2023. The event resulted in drastically reduced visibility and poor air quality, prompting local authorities to issue multiple safety warnings.

The sandstorm that started in the desert regions of southwestern Syria had a considerable impact on Jordan on October 15, 2023.

Urban areas, notably the capital city of Amman, experienced reduced visibility and a significant decline in air quality. The sky turned orange, further contributing to concerns for the well-being of residents.

Jordanian authorities issued several safety guidelines and recommendations in response to the event. Among these were advisories to limit outdoor activities and wear face masks for dust protection. Residents were cautioned to adhere strictly to these guidelines to minimize health risks.

The sandstorm was traced back to the desert regions of southwestern Syria. The severe weather phenomenon then moved southward, affecting multiple regions in Jordan.

While the sandstorm has subsided, authorities have urged the public to remain vigilant and adhere to issued guidelines until air quality levels return to normal. No casualties have been reported, but the storm caught thousands of people off guard.

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