Baghdad struck a powerful sandstorm

Baghdad struck a powerful sandstormJune 7 powerful sandstorm struck Baghdad. Dozens of people were hospitalized with symptoms of breathlessness and problems of the upper respiratory tract. 

Authorities recommended residents of the Iraqi capital as much as possible not to go out into the streets. Life in the city came to a standstill, closed many shops and shopping markets. To ensure safety on the highways exhibited more road patrols.

Recall the strongest sandstorm collapsed on the Iraqi capital in June 2009 According to witnesses, because of the sand visibility in some areas is only a few meters. Hundreds of residents of the Iraqi capital go to the doctor complaining of breathing problems. The situation was aggravated by the hot and muggy weather. In these days in Iraq even in the morning the temperature exceeded 40 degrees Celsius.

Sandstorms, which locals call sumum (from the word «poison»), Are common to Iraq in the spring time. As a rule, they begin in March and continue until the end of May — beginning of June.

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