INA – MULTIPLE PROVINCES
Provinces of Kirkuk, Saladin, Wasit and Basra recorded about 1.300 cases of suffocation due to the dust storm in Iraq.
The Ministry of Health announced this afternoon that about 4.000 suffocation cases had been recorded as a result of the dust storm that roamed the country today.
"Kirkuk hospitals have received more than 350 cases of suffocation since morning until now due to the dust storm that hit the province since dawn," said Kirkuk Health Director Nabil Hamdi Bushnak to the Iraqi News Agency – INA.
He added, "The Health Department distributed masks to members of the security forces stationed in the checkpoints and on the streets, as well as ambulances were deployed in all places in anticipation of any emergency."
On the other hand, the Director-General of Saladin Health, Raed al-Jubouri, stated to INA, that "the department recorded 421 cases of suffocation since the early morning hours until 6 p.m. in all regions of the province, following the dust storm that Saladin encountered today."
In Basra, the Health Department told INA, that "the governorate's hospitals started receiving cases of suffocation after the dust rose," noting that Basra Teaching Hospital recorded, since six o'clock in the evening so far, 25 cases of suffocation, 12 cases for men and 13 case for women.
Meanwhile, Wasit Health Department announced the registration of about 500 cases due to the dust storm.