Saharan Dust Sweeps Across Caribbean

Several countries in the Caribbean have urged their citizens to take necessary health precautions as a massive plume of Saharan dust has made its way to the region via the Atlantic Ocean.

St Maarten’s Meteorological Department says higher concentrations of the Saharan dust plume is expected to pass through the country today (February 20). 

It says according to Dust Prediction Models hazy skies can be expected during the next several days with varying concentrations.

Consequently, persons with allergies and/or respiratory illnesses should take the necessary precautions.
And earlier this week, the Barbados Meteorological Service (BMS) also urged its nationals who suffer from respiratory ailments to prepare as a thick concentration of Saharan dust approached the island.

The BMS said: “Persons with respiratory ailments such as asthma and sinusitis could be affected. Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat are potential effects of the dust haze.

“Precautions that could be taken are stocking up on necessary medications as well as reducing exposure to this dust haze.”

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