Heavy dust storm engulfed parts of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria on January 19, 2018, turning the sky into dark red. Over the next 72 hours, the dust cloud is expected to sweep Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, but with decreasing concentrations. Heavy dust storm coming from Syria and Iraq has enveloped Turkey’s southeast on January 19, 2018, reducing visibility and air quality.

The most affected were southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, of Diyarbakır, Şırnak, Mardin, Şanlıurfa, and Batman, with Mardin the worst affected. Dust accompanied by muddy rain engulfed the area into darkness, forcing Mardin authorities to give differently-abled, unwell, and pregnant women in public offices a day’s leave from work, according to the Daily Sabah. READ MORE