Dust to "choke" Cyprus over the week
Heavy dust is covering the sky in Cyprus, creating a fog and an asphyxiating atmosphere.
Dust started covering the island at around 16.00 PM.
Cyprus’ meteorological service said that the dust came from Syria and that it will last until the end of the week.
Pulmonologist, Andreas Zachariades, told SigmaLive that dust storms can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic bronchitis in people will a predisposition to asthma.
It may also lead to respiratory problems that could derail a treatment that these people are receiving the doctor added.
In such cases, Zachariades, said that it is necessary for people to immediately inform their doctors.
He added that vulnerable people should avoid outdoor activity.
If it is necessary to go out people should take the necessary protection by wearing a mask or at least carrying a a wet towel to wipe away dust, Zachariades said.
There is an added danger to smokers he said, adding that they should lessen their smoking, since they expose themselves to smoke and the dust.
Airports monitor the dust storm
The two airports in Cyprus, Larnaca and Paphos are closely monitoring the dust storm spokesperson Adamos Aspris said, adding that no flights have been affected yet.
He finished saying that the storm is being strongly witnessed in Larnaca, while in Paphos there are no indications.