More than 5,000 people affected by sandstorms in Iraq
More than five thousand people were injured, one died as a result of sandstorms in Iraq
More than 5,000 people have turned to doctors with complaints of suffocation, one person has died as a result of sandstorms in the central, western and southern parts of Iraq, the country’s health ministry said on Thursday.
“So far, one death has been reported in Baghdad and more than 5,000 cases of suffocation due to sandstorms,” Seif al-Badr, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, said.
In addition to Baghdad, the elements affected the provinces of An-Najaf, Salah-ed-Din, Anbar, Diyala and Ed-Diwaniya. Doctors are reaching out to the public through social media and mosques with recommendations to receive medical care in case of breathing problems.
Earlier in March, more than 1,500 people were admitted to Baghdad hospitals complaining of shortness of breath due to a sandstorm, and one victim died.