Iraq on Sunday was yet again covered in a thick sheet of orange as it suffered the latest in a series of dust storms that have become increasingly common. Flights were grounded due to poor visibility at airports serving the capital Baghdad and the holy city of Najaf, with the phenomenon expected to continue into Monday, according to the weather service. "Flights have been interrupted at the airports of Baghdad and Najaf due to the dust storm," the spokesman for the civil aviation authority, Jihad al Diwan, said.
Visibility was cited at less than 500 metres, with flights expected to resume once weather improves. Iraq was hammered by a series of such storms in April, grounding flights and leaving dozens hospitalised with respiratory problems. - AFP