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Thursday, July 19, 2018


Nisma Rafiq

Saudi Gazette


OU must have seen a lot

of sandstorms. Do you

know how and why sand-

storm happens?

A sandstorm happens when

there is lots and lots of wind.

It starts with huge clouds that

carry the dust. These miles long,

dust-carrying clouds have wind

speed of 25 miles per hour. They

are extremely quick. One moment

they are not there, and just a

minute later, you can see them.

These storms generally occur in

dry and hot regions especially

in dry, flat regions, which means

a lot of land that can be blown

away. It occurs mostly in summer

and sometimes in spring.

This storm can be really very

quick and unsafe. It is for sure

not a day to wash your clothes

and hang them out to dry. A

person, who is in the middle of

a sand storm, will be completely

covered in dust and debris. It

causes traffic problem not just

on the roads, but flights as well.

It is due to the reason that get-

ting a clear vision of the route

becomes impossible.

This dust get in your eyes,

ears and mouth, so better be

careful. It causes sneezing and

breathing problems. What can

you do to be careful and safe in

this sandstorm?


Stay indoors. If it is not

important you should not leave

your home in order to minimize

the bad effects of sand storm


Make sure the windows are

shut and sealed.


Protect your eyes if you

have to go outside. Eyeglasses

provide protection, but airtight

goggles are the best in this



Do not let anyone around

you wear contact lenses because

even a tiny speck of dust can

cause irritation and vision



Do not rub your eyes even

if you feel like doing it to avoid



Wear a mask to cover

your nose. The particles raised

by sandstorms are extremely

unhealthy to breathe in without

a mask.


Drink a lot of water and

keep hydrated.


Do not panic. The dust will

settle down and the cleaning

process can start after that.

Just stay safe!

Did you know?


Dust clouds can reach more

than 10,000 feet high


Camels can close their nos-

trils and use a thin third eyelid to

cover their eyes. This helps them

to keep the dust out of them.


Dust storms can really hurt

or even kill people. It is the third

most dangerous weather condition.


They are also called ‘ha-

boobs’ around the world, which

comes from the Arabic word ‘hab’

meaning ‘wind.



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