Sandstorm in UAE causes low visibility and chaos

Published on : Thursday, April 2, 2015

dubai sandstormSandstorm in UAE has reduced visibility and is causing road accidents. Drivers have been advised caution while driving.


An accident was reported in the morning near the l Houd roundabout on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, formerly Emirates Road (E311) however no causalities have been reported.


The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has warned that visibility will be reduced to “less than 500 metres at times” as fresh strong winds blow dust across the UAE


Low visibility is causing chaos across the UAE, prompting several government agencies to issue advice on how to stay safe.


People with dust allergies and respiratory illnesses such as asthma shouldn’t leave the house, said the National Centre for Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), adding that anyone who has to go outside should wear sunglasses to guard against eye grit and consider covering their mouth and nose with a wet napkin or mask.


It also issued the following tips for drivers:


– If you’re using air conditioning, shut the external air inlet hole.


– Be careful when passing by side or under the billboards or lampposts.


– Avoid sand dunes on external and open roads, especially while driving, as the wind can move large amounts of sand onto the Tarmac.


Dubai Police urged drivers to make sure their cars’ lights were on sufficient distance should be maintained from other vehicles while on the roads, adding that visibility has dropped to as low as 100m in the emirate’s Jebel Ali area.

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