A sandstorm left one dead and five injured in Egypt on Thursday (June 1st) after a billboard fell on a fast lane in the heart of Cairo.
In the capital of more than 20 million people, the sky suddenly darkened when a sandstorm carrying huge orange scrolls hit the sprawling city. Ripped away by the violent winds, "a billboard collapsed on a motorcycle and a car, killing one person and wounding five others," the state-run daily al-Ahram reported.
Two Red Sea ports along the Suez Canal were also closed on Thursday, with wind gusts reaching more than 50 km per hour and waves more than four meters, according to a statement from the Authority in charge of the sea passage through which 10% of global maritime trade passes. Egypt's health ministry has advised residents to wear masks and limit their outings.