Articles tagged "middle east"

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25 million people may go hungry as locust plague continues in East Africa, Middle East and India

Massive swarms of locust continue to devastate huge swaths of East Africa, the Middle East, and India since January, threatening food supplies for millions. In a worst-case scenario, 5 million more people may go hungry due to the outbreak -- that's on top of the...

June 25, 2020

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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...

March 31, 2020

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Desert locust outbreak remains extremely alarming, new swarms continue forming and invading Africa and Middle East

Desert locust plague situation remains extremely alarming as new swarms continue forming and invading parts of Africa and the Middle East. The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that the outbreak poses an unprecedented threat to food...

March 19, 2020

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Violent cyclone hits Middle East, at least 21 dead in Egypt's worst storm in 40 years

An unusually intense cyclone hit parts of the Middle East with very heavy rain and strong winds, starting with Egypt on March 12, 2020, before moving onto other neighboring countries. The worst affected was Egypt where it was described as the country's worst...

March 16, 2020

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Very rare cyclone over the Middle East, state of emergency declared in Egypt

A powerful storm developing over Egypt on Thursday, March 12, 2020, is expected to move northeast posing threats to other Middle Eastern countries, including Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia. This is a very rare severe weather system, capable of producing very heavy...

March 12, 2020

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Massive dust and sand storm hits Middle East, sending hundreds to hospitals

A massive dust and sand storm swept over northern Saudi Arabia, Syria, parts of Jordan and much of Iraq on October 29, 2017, significantly reducing visibility and sending a large number of people to hospitals. In Kurdistan Region's capital city of Erbil (Iraq),...

October 30, 2017

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Severe weather hits UAE and Oman: thunderstorms, large hail and severe flooding

Low pressure area passing from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman to southeastern Iran produced thunderstorms, fierce winds, large hail and severe flooding on March 9, 2016. The storm system is expected to advance to the north across Afghanistan and Pakistan...

March 09, 2016

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Heat wave over Iran: Extreme heat and humidity yield feel-like temperatures of 73 °C (163 °F) in Bandar Mahshahr

A combination of extreme heat and humidity yielded extraordinary heat index of 73 °C (163 °F) in Bandar Mahshahr, Iran on Friday, July 31. The on-going heat wave also brought record high temperatures of 51 °C (124 °F) to Baghdad on Thursday, July 30.A me

August 04, 2015

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Rare Middle Eastern snow seen from space

A rare winter storm  dropped snow across much of the Middle East between December 10 and 13, 2013. The storm was named Alexa and it was the worst snow storm that hit the Middle East since 1953. It brought snow, rain and freezing temperatures to

December 17, 2013

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The worst winter storm since 1953 causes mayhem across the Middle East

Powerful winter storm Alexa is sweeping eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East and causing mayhem across the region since Wednesday, December 11. Alexa is the worst snow storm that hit the Middle East since 1953 and its effects are far worst than anyone

December 14, 2013

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Tigris and Euphrates rivers losing water reserves at a rapid pace

A large portion of the Middle East lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade. New data revealed already an arid region of Tigris-Euphrates Basin, which grows even drier due to human consumption of water for drinking and agriculture. The research team

March 13, 2013

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Dead Sea disappearing day by day

The Dead Sea has been drying up at a dramatic rate in recent decades as a result mostly of human demands for water. But instead of letting the historic body of water continue to disappear, some scientists are getting increasingly serious about trying to save it.In the m

May 28, 2011

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Few hopes to save the most threatened bird in the Middle East

The Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) is listed on the IUCN Red List as a “Critically Endangered” species on a global scale. It was rediscovered on a remote cliff of the Syrian desert in April 2002, following clues from local hunters and Bedouin nomads, in

March 26, 2011