Lebanon documents 2,000 cases of suffocation from sandstorm

Published September 10th, 2015 - 05:00 GMT

The health ministry said that the individuals suffering from suffocation as the result of the sandstorm that has hit Lebanon rose to 2,000 on Wednesday.

The ministry added that no additional deaths were reported other than the five reported the day before.

On Tuesday, five individuals died and almost 750 people were rushed to hospitals as the unseasonal sandstorm hit Lebanon, covering the country, including Beirut, with a blanket of yellow dust.

The storm reached Beirut on Tuesday, a day after it engulfed the eastern Bekaa Valley.

The ministry also said that it has gone on alert, urging those suffering from respiratory and heart problems to stay indoors.

It said children, the elderly and pregnant women should stay home.

Red Cross official George Kettaneh also advised those having asthma problems not to leave their homes.

Education Minister Elias Bou Saab and Health Minister Wael Abou Faour ordered the closure of private schools and nurseries on Wednesday as a precaution.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam also issued a decree ordering the closure of all state institutions and administrations.

Reports have said that the storm is expected to subside on Thursday.

This story has been edited from the source material. 

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