More than 110 killed by high-intensity dust storms in India
New Delhi (CNN)Fierce winds and lightning strikes created by a powerful dust storm have killed around 110 people and injured hundreds more in northwestern India since late Wednesday, according to local authorities.
Apocalyptic dust storm engulfs Iranian province like terrifying wave
The fierce dust storm, known as a haboob, swept across the province in central Iran earlier this week but, despite its force and apocalyptic appearance, it left areas largely unscathed. Among the cities enveloped by the dense sand cloud was the region’s capital city Yazd – a historic site recognized on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Videos posted on social media show the sandstorm rolling into the historic city, hovering over buildings and roads in intimidating fashion, with menacing clouds mushrooming into the skies as they roll closer. read more…
US: Dust storms cause road chaos in Nebraska
Visibility reduced to almost zero creates dangerous driving conditions in the Midwest.
Authorities in eastern Nebraska, United States, say one person has died after a dust storm triggered a 29-vehicle accident along a major highway.
The Nebraska State Patrol said visibility was reduced to nearly zero on Sunday as dust blew in from farm fields along Interstate 80 near York.
A cold, dry April had left the soil in the fields incredibly dry. As farmers tilled the soil in preparation for planting, the wind picked up.
Gusts of over 90km/h kicked the dusty soil into the atmosphere, creating dust storms which greatly reduced visibility.
The patrol said these conditions caused a chain-reaction crash that injured 15 people, including one person who was flown to hospital in Lincoln. read more…