Dust cloud envelopes several parts of India

Extensive plume comes on the heels of days of dust-storm activity over the Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia

Mar 21, 2012 06:03 IST India Infoline News Service

Several parts of India, especially west, north and northwest, witnessed a rare but huge dust haze on Wednesday that apparently stretched from the coast of Oman to India's west coast. 

The dust plume was prevailing over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The prevailing dusthaze is likely to continue during the next 24 hours and will clear thereafter, the Indian weather office said today.

Meanwhile, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite reportedly took a picture of the thick dust cloud blowing across the Arabian Sea.
According to reports, several meteorologists had characterized the late March dust activity in this region as a “super sandstorm” with effects reaching as far as Southeast Asia.

The first front carried dust from Iraq and Kuwait, and the second front stirred up dust in southeastern Iran, reports added.

This extensive plume comes on the heels of days of dust-storm activity over the Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia, reports said. 

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