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Dust Storm Engulfs Gulu Town

The storms are characterized by very cold morning and evening breezes. Motorists have been forced to drive on reduced speeds with car head lamps turned on throughout the day. In some offices in Gulu administration headquarters, windows remain closed on the Eastern wing to prevent dust covering the floor.
The Gulu Municipal Administrative Block
Residents of Gulu Town are struggling to cope with large waves of sand and dust storms that have battered the Northern Uganda town for the third day running. The storms which descended on wings of winds traveling at a speed of up to 32 Kilometers per hour arrived on Wednesday morning and are showing no signs of abating.

The storms are characterized by very cold morning and evening breezes. Motorists have been forced to drive on reduced speeds with car head lamps turned on throughout the day. In some offices in Gulu administration headquarters, windows remain closed on the Eastern wing to prevent dust covering the floor.

Isaac Openyrwot, a traveler from South Sudan said he was surprised to find such gushing winds blowing Westwards over the town.

Francis Ochira, a trader along Keyo Road said their stocks in shops have been covered in layers of dusty brown soils. He said they petitioned Gulu Municipal council to ask Japanese firm undertaking road works in Gulu town to drench the dust using water bowsers.

Sarah Piyo, another trader in Kabedo Opong says she has been forced to wear head scarfs and a face mask to stay clean adding that the onset of this dry season is unique compared to that of last year which manifested with extreme heat.

Phiona Ajok, a resident of Kabedo Opong said that children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the storm and fears that the storm could present serious health problems for the population in Gulu.

According to World Meteorological Organization - WMO, the situation usually occurs when strong winds lift large amounts of sand and dust from bare dry soils into the atmosphere, transporting them hundreds to thousands of kilometers away.

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