Accidents and cases of suffocation due to a dust storm in eastern and northeastern Syria

On Monday, October 17, an air storm laden with thick dust hit the governorates of Hasaka, Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor and Manbij, causing some cases of suffocation, in addition to traffic accidents.

Today, Monday, local sources said that a dust storm hit the city of Manbij and its countryside in Aleppo countryside, causing dozens of traffic accidents on the roads between the city and its countryside.

The sources added that 43 cases of suffocation arrived in Manbij city hospitals as a result of the dust storm that hit the area, in addition to 17 cases of traffic accidents.

It is noteworthy that an "unprecedented" dust storm last May hit the areas east of the Euphrates, especially Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, killing 3 people, in addition to hundreds of cases of suffocation and extensive material damage to people's property, in catastrophic conditions.

Over the past months, the regions of northern and eastern Syria have witnessed several dust storms due to the drought that the regions are exposed to, and the failure of crops to germinate, which greatly affected the crops of wheat, barley, cotton and vegetables.