Dust Storm hits India Gujarat Ahmedabad - Helth Effect
Severe Weather Forecaster
THE 500TH POST OF METD WEATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Sandstorm also hit Jamnagar,Gujarat. Mr.Sagar Kinikar sends METD WEATHER the above photos which clearly show the suspended dust particles! The location of the photos are around Irwin Hospital,Jamnagar!
Flight taking off from Dubai airport as viewed yesterday
Courtesy- Gulf News
*** DUST STORM CONFIRMED IN GUJARAT,RAJASTHAN,NEW DELHI,PUNJAB,HARYANA EVEN IN SRINAGAR,INDIA
*** MANY AREAS IN NORTH INDIA WITNESSED BLOWING SAND IN THE AFTERNOON HOURS
After targeting Gulf countries, the dust storm entered today in India after impacting Pakistan yesterday.
Wide weather reports and observations from Rajkot,Ahmedabad,Jaipur,New Delhi,Amritsar,Ludhiana,Srinagar confirm conditions like " Widespread Dust" and "Blowing Sand" today. The visibility also dropped below 1km however no disruptions in air traffic were observed today
Right now, I can't provide any satellite imagery as its night period in Asia which inhibits the Visibile spectrum. Nevertheless, check the wonderful photos sent by Mr. Sagar Kinikar from Jamnagar,Gujarat at the top
Gujarat continues to get BLOWING SAND as of 1030PM IST.VISIBILITY IS AROUND 1KM ON AVERAGE.
EXTREME NORTHERN-WESTERN GUJARAT,SINDH REGION IS GETTING FOG DUE TO THE DUST
Above- MODIS image shows yellow areas in Sindh,North-Western Gujarat which are fog due to dust.
*** WIDESPREAD DUST CONTINUES IN SINDH AREA
THE INTENSITY OF THE DUST HAS REDUCED JUST SOMETIME AGO BUT CONDITIONS ARE STILL UNFAVORABLE FOR SINDH AREA.
*** BLOWING SAND CONTINUES IN RAJASTHAN
JAIPUR STATION CONDITIONS ARE CLEARLY INDICATING LOW DRIFTING DUST PRESENT AS ON THR NIGHT TODAY.
*** MILD DUSTY WEATHER CONTINUING IN PUNJAB,HARYANA NOW
FORECAST (VALID 12HRS TILL 0730GMT,20TH MARCH 2012)
AS OF EVENING 20TH MARCH, WIDESPREAD DUST PLUMES PERSISTS IN THE NORTH ARABIAN SEA AND SAUDI ARABIA.
** THE SHAMAL WINDS ARE NOW EXPECTED TO RELAX NOW OVER GULF COUNTRIES PARTICULARLY SAUDI ARABIA,OMAN AS THE LOW PRESSURE HAS MOVED TOWARDS SINDH
Above image from Kuwait Weather Dept. shows the L over Sindh
What it means?
It means that conditions will further improve for Gulf Countries,Oman. Since the prolonged effect of a Shamal dust storm remains for around 3-4 days, mild visibility problems and suspended particles of dust shall continue till +12hrs from the post and declining on 21st March
There will be a reduction in the volume of dust arriving in Sindh from now onwards as less winds will blow from Saudi Arabia. However dust from Iran and vicinity will continue to effect on 21st March also. Suspended dust particles will persists.
People are requested to take care-
For Gujarat,Rajasthan and North India, conditions will improve on 21st March with minor amount of suspended dust particles.
Thus PEOPLE IN THE AREAS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THE BELOW PRECAUTIONS WHICH ARE STANDARD
DUST STORM SAFETY------------------
Exposure and health effects
- The most common symptoms experienced during a dust storm are irritation to the eyes and upper airways.
- People who may be most vulnerable are:
- infants and young children
- the elderly
- people with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
- people with heart disease.
- For these people, exposure to a dust storm may:
- trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks
- cause serious breathing-related problems
- contribute to cardiovascular or heart disease
- contribute to reduced life span.
- Prolonged exposure to airborne dust can lead to chronic breathing and lung problems, and possibly heart disease.
- The following precautions can help you protect yourself and minimise the adverse effects of a dust storm:
- avoid outdoor activity. If you must go outside spend as little time outside as possible
- avoid vigorous exercise, especially if you have asthma or a breathing-related condition
- stay indoors, with windows and doors closed
- stay in air-conditioned premises, if possible and ensure regular maintenance of air conditioner filters.
If you are an asthmatic or have a respiratory condition and you develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing or chest pain, follow your prescribed treatment plan.
If symptoms do not settle, seek medical advice.
Dust storms and safety
Visibility deteriorates very quickly during a dust storm. If you are on the road and poor visibility is impairing your ability to see ahead, drive slowly. Be prepared to pull off the road if visibility deteriorates to less than 100 metres.
If your car is air-conditioned, reduce the amount of dust entering your car by switching the air intake to ‘recirculate’.
Dust storms and water tanks
To minimise the amount of dust entering your rainwater tank install a first-flush diverter.
For further information regarding private drinking water supplies,
contact the Environmental Health Unit of the Department of Health on 1300 761 874
refer to the Rainwater tanks booklet
If you or anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms that may be due to a dust storm, seek medical advice from your local doctor.
For further information and advice, contact the Environmental Health section of your local council.
WHAT TO DO DURING A DUST STORM-
Outrun the storm. If you see a dust storm from some distance, and you are in a vehicleor have access to one, you may be able to outrun it or detour around it. Some dust storms can travel at more than 75 miles per hour, but they frequently travel much slower. Trying to outrun a storm, however, is not advisable if you have to put yourself at risk by traveling at high speeds. If the storm is catching up with you, it's best to stop and prepare for it. Once consumed by the storm, your visibility can potentially be reduced to zero in a matter of seconds.
Pull over. If you're in transit and visibility drops to less than 300 feet, pull off the road (exit the freeway if possible), set your parking brake, turn off your headlights, and make sure brake lights and turn signals are also off. In many cases, if your exterior lights are on, other drivers will use the taillights of the person in front of them as a guide to help navigate the road ahead of them. If you are pulled off the road and are sitting there with your lights on, unbelievably, someone might think they can follow you and run right off the road or even collide with you! Turning your headlights off while stationed off the road, will reduce the possibility of a rear-end collision. If you are unable to safely pull off the road, keep your headlights on, turn on your hazard lights, slow down, and proceed with caution, sounding your horn periodically. Use the highway's centerline to guide you if you can't see in front of you. Pull over at the nearest safe spot.
Take cover and stay put. Do not attempt to move about in a blinding storm, as you will not be able to see potential hazards in your path.