Intense rains, powerful winds and sandstorms wreak havoc in Qatar

Intense rains, powerful winds and sandstorms wreak havoc in Qatar

Intense rains accompanied by powerful winds and sandstorms wreaked havoc in Qatar over the past few days. On May 1, severe storms destroyed a field hospital at the Umm Salal area, north of Doha. It was constructed just two weeks ago, specifically for accommodating…

Huge sandstorm hits central Iran

Huge sandstorm hits central Iran

A massive, terrifying sandstorm hit the provinces of Yazd and Rafsanjan in central Iran on Sunday, April 26, 2020. The storm occurred at dawn, with wind speed reaching up to 130 km/h (81 mph). A witness said day turned into night when the gigantic sandstorm covered…

Massive sandstorm engulfs Baicheng city, China

Massive sandstorm engulfs Baicheng city, China

A massive sandstorm blanketed the city of Baicheng in Jilin Province, Northeast China, on April 3, 2020. The phenomenon is locally known as a "black storm". Waves of dust were swept up by gale-force winds of 63 to 74 km/h (39 to 46 mph). In one footage, a…

Sandstorms engulf parts of the Middle East

Sandstorms engulf parts of the Middle East

Sandstorms blanketed parts of the Middle East on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The countries affected included Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. Skies turned orange as dust storms engulfed the Middle Eastern countries. In the footage, motorists were seen braving the…

Large sandstorm hits capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Large sandstorm hits capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

A huge sandstorm hit capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at 12:15 local time on February 19, 2019, dropping down visibility and causing substantial traffic delays. The storm was accompanied by wind speeds reaching 40 km/h (25 mph). It affected temperatures across the city,…

Unusually intense sandstorm sweeps over Egypt

Unusually intense sandstorm sweeps over Egypt

An unusually intense sandstorm swept over Egypt this week and peaked on January 16, 2019, severely reducing visibility and air quality. The conditions started improving on January 17. It's unusual to see such severe sandstorms in January, residents said. The…

Massive sandstorm engulfs Golmud, Qinghai province, China

Massive sandstorm engulfs Golmud, Qinghai province, China

A ferocious sandstorm engulfed the city of Golmud in China' Qinghai province on July 25, 2018, causing zero visibility. The sandstorm was accompanied by 75 km/h (46 mph) winds that brought down trees and caused traffic chaos. The police was forced to use…

Another massive sandstorm engulfs Rajasthan and NW India

Another massive sandstorm engulfs Rajasthan and NW India

Just days after extremely powerful thunderstorms and sandstorms swept over parts of India, claiming lives of over 125 people, another massive sandstorm swept over its northwestern states on the evening of May 7, 2018. The storm hit parts of Rajasthan, Chandigarh,…