The Middle East has been the worst hit by substantial increase in dust and sand storms on human well-being, United Nations scientists say.
Kuwait and Iran are the most affected states, mainly due to dust and sand blowing in from Iraq and Syria.
Mismanagement of water and land amid clashes in the area continues to be climate change, along with a crucial variable.
“One of the main sources of sand and dust storms is Iraq, where the flow of rivers has decreased because of a race in dam constructions in upstream countries.”
“That has led to the disappearance of marshes and drying up of lakes both in Iraq and Iran, and the sediments left behind are very important source of dust in the region.”