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Sahara dust is moving towards Central America

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

25th Jun, 2020. 11:25 pm
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Sahara dust is moving towards Central America

Thousands of miles away, Sahara dust from the African continent spread to the West Indies.

According to the American Broadcasting Corporation, this dust of the Sahara Desert is rapidly moving towards Central America.

According to experts, this is due to the recent dust storms in Africa, which has caused such a large amount of dust to spread in the atmosphere.

Experts say air quality in the West Indies has plummeted due to the dust, and the skies of the Caribbean countries, which usually look blue, are now turning grey.

The World Meteorological Organization stated in a Tweet, “A major sand and dust storm from the Sahara has engulfed parts of the Caribbean, leading to poor air quality and posing a risk to human health. Every year around 2,000 million tons of dust enters the atmosphere.”

The “new dust” comes with the other dust season that rolls around in West Africa, typically around January. This summer dust season, however, comes with the concern of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sahara dust not only goes around West Africa, but it travels down to Brazil, it travels over to the Caribbean and the Southeast U.S.

The dust has been moving from Africa over the Atlantic Ocean and on Sunday it reached Puerto Rico and has since covered Cuba and parts of Mexico.

The Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique are suffering their worst haze for at least a decade, and health officials in Cuba are warning it could increase respiratory problems.

The dust cloud is also affecting parts of southern Florida, including the city of Miami.

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