Dust storm will continue till weekend
Dust storm hit Kuwait yesterday, forcing a number of flights to be diverted to neighboring countries and prompting authorities to issue a warning for motorists, while the official weather forecast predict the bad weather to continue at least through the weekend.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced that five flights at Kuwait International Airport were diverted to neighboring countries due to dusty weather conditions. Landing was affected by low visibility, but takeoff was normal, head of the airport’s air navigation department Emad Al-Sanousi said. He added that the five flights were diverted to Doha and Manama airports. The visibility level dropped to less than 500 meters in some parts of Kuwait, with wind reaching 70 km/h, Sanousi noted.
The Interior Ministry has issued severe weather warnings across the country, calling on drivers to take extra precaution due to impaired visibility. Motorists were encouraged to strictly abide by traffic regulations and should not hesitate to ask for assistance by dialing the emergency number 112. In the meantime, maritime traffic has also been paralyzed in Kuwaiti ports as a result of the deteriorating weather conditions, Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) announced. Navigation operations have been suspended indefinitely at Shuwaikh, Shuaiba and Doha ports, KPA said in a statement. Meteorologists had earlier predicted heavy dust storms throughout the summer this year due to limited rainfall in the winter.