Seven people died in eastern Syria due to conditions brought on by an intense dust storm in the region and another 200 people suffered injuries to their health, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Monday (May 16).
The dust storm affected broad areas of Deir ez-Zor where all seven of the deaths occurred, including two children. The SOHR said the storm caused four deaths on Sunday, including a man and a young girl who died when their house collapsed in Deir ez-Zor city.
The storm’s fierce winds dislodged trees and large rocks, resulting in power failures and obstructing vision, all leading to injuries aside from suffocation.
Strong winds caused a cute to electricity supply in Hasaka, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said on Monday, noting the storm had caused material damage over the past two days.
Hospitals took in dozens of patients suffering from difficulty breathing, the SOHR reported.
The war monitor also published photos of the Abu Khashab camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Deir ez-Zor that showed damage done to tents in the camp, which hosts more than 10,000 people.
The dust storm also coursed through Iraq on Monday, where the ministry of health reported nearly 2,000 people hospitalized for breathing difficulties, some in critical condition.