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Major dust storm affecting northern Africa


A huge, thick dust storm is spreading through much of northern Africa on March 29, 2018, disrupting normal life and suspending air traffic.

Heavy dust storm was already affecting Egypt, Chad and Niger on March 28. However, models and satellite imagery suggest it was not as thick as today.

NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP image acquired March 28, 2018

The worst-hit today was Sudan, especially its capital Khartoum where huge and thick dust storm crippled both road and air traffic.

Sand or dust storms are frequent in Sudan but they usually last a couple of hours. This one, however, is expected to continue affecting the region on Friday too. Its intensity is expected to ease up on Saturday, March 31.

Suomi NPP image showing dust storms over northern Africa on March 28, 2018

NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP image acquired March 29, 2018

The storm is causing problems across many African countries and as far northeast as Syria and Jordan where officials were forced to close schools and universities.

Featured image: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP image acquired March 29, 2018



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