June 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
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.