UAE residents warned as dust storms choke roads

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Large parts of the UAE have been hit by dust and sandstorms as authorities urge caution on the roads and resist expected heavy rains, Trend reports citing Al Arabiya.

Homes and monuments in major cities were covered in a thin layer of brown earth and visibility plunged in the latest adverse weather conditions following a series of sweltering dust storms around the Middle East.

On Saturday, Abu Dhabi’s official media office urged motorists to “avoid driving unless absolutely necessary”. Visibility was less than 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on Sunday.

The forecast for torrential rains this week, unusual in the height of summer in the desert state, follows the deaths of seven Asian migrants in flash floods last month.

Emergency services said they responded to hundreds of calls for help as floodwaters flooded streets in the port city of Fujairah and other eastern districts.

A series of sandstorms, widely believed to be exacerbated by climate change, have smothered Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran and others this year, shutting down airports and schools and sending thousands people in hospital for respiratory problems.

According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Arab Emirates is highly vulnerable to global warming as temperatures soar, rainfall dries up and storms increase, while rising sea levels sea ​​threatens its low coast.

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