One person died and five others sustained injuries in Cairo when a massive sandstorm hit several parts of Egypt on Thursday.
The casualties resulted from a billboard’s collapse at the 6th October bridge in Cairo, according to local media reports.
The country also recorded several road accidents, with some people wounded but no fatalities, said the reports.
“Formation of thermal depression in the western desert area caused the storm.
“It led to the closure of many roads, ports and beaches nationwide, said Eman Shaker, Head of the Remote Sensing Center of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority.
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“The storm led to a complete lack of vision in some places.
Most affected areas include Cairo, Suez, Ismailia and the Sinai Peninsula.”
The thermal depression, formed in the western desert area, is usually accompanied by “Khamaseen wind,” a dry, hot and sandy wind that usually blows in Egypt in spring, Shaker explained.
The current sandstorm and heat wave are expected to continue till Friday, she added. (Xinhua)
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