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Sandstorm In Iraq Resulted In More Than 1000 Hospitalization

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Iraq is one of the most vulnerable countries to face the impacts of climate change. The country has been facing a series of sandstorms for the last one month. 

Last week, one of the strongest sandstorms hit the Arabian nation, which resulted in a disaster. More than 1,000 Iraqis were recorded to have been hospitalized after the storm citing respiratory issues, as reported by Al Jazeera. 

The sandstorm hit early in the morning, and about six Iraqi provinces, including the capital Baghdad, were affected by it. The effects could be seen in the Anbar and Kirkuk region, north of the capital as well. 

According to Anas Qais, a health official, the Anbar province alone had about 700 patients that cited breathing problems and other respiratory issues. The authorities also urged civilians to remain indoors. 

The local news agency INA reported that other cases were found in the regions of Najaf and Diwaniya, with more than 500 patients collectively. Iraq is vulnerable to sandstorms, and the desert nation has witnessed record-low rainfall and an increase in temperatures in the past few years. 

Moreover, Iraq is one of the most water-scarred countries in the world. The World Bank has even warned in its 2021 report that the country might suffer a 20% drop in its water. 

Adding more to the already tense and critical situation, a government health official warned that Iraq might face 272 days of dust every year in the coming decades, Al Jazeera reports. 

The political environment is very unstable in the country, and the series of civil wars has virtually stopped the development in the country. This is one of the biggest reasons the authorities are not able to cope with the changing situations. 

The environment ministry, however, says that there should be an increase in the forest and vegetation cover that can act as windbreakers. But even that will take time. 

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