A awesome sandstorm whipped Egypt on Thursday and left at least one dead and five injured.
The images disseminated on social networks show a huge and intense cloud of sand that invades the entire sky of the country and reduces visibility to almost nothing.
Local state media reported a fatality after a billboard collapsed on one of the country’s main thoroughfares, in Cairo. This incident, in turn, left several people trapped in their vehicles, crushed by the cartel.
According to the state newspaper al ahramtraffic officers worked to “remove the remains of the billboard and restore circulation.”
The phenomenon affected, in addition to the metropolitan area of the country, the Docklands. There, even, due to the strong winds and the waves up to 4 meters highthe authorities should suspend activities at the Suez and Zaitiyat docksin the Red Sea.
Also, videos recorded from inside a ship show the moment when the storm passes through the Suez Canal.
He desertin the west of the country, was also hit by the storm.
Along with this phenomenon, Egypt is going through a heat wave with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.
These adverse weather conditions prompted the Ministry of Health and the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) to issue a warning and ask all the inhabitants of the country to stay at home, safe.
They also asked to avoid direct exposure to the sun, use masks outdoors and make sure to maintain adequate hydration, and be aware of possible garbage bags or objects that circulate through the air, driven by the wind.
The storm also came Israel and burst into its streets with strong winds and dense dark clouds. As in Egypt, in its wake it left felled trees and cranes, forced the flight cancellation and kept many locked in their homes.
Although no deaths were reported, there were. property damage and injuries. Among them, local media reported an injured woman in the city of Hod HaSharon when a palm tree fell on his car while, in Tel Avivit was a 68-year-old man who was injured by the fall of a tree.
For its part, the Israel Meteorological Service reported sustained winds of more than 50 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour, also accompanied by an intense heat wave.
These types of storms, known in Egypt as “khamasin”, are common in the spring season in the region, although this week’s storm was unusually intense.
The last such episode had occurred in 2021 when another storm affected visibility and an Ever Given container ship became stuck in the Suez Canal, disrupting trade flows for almost a week.
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