The Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and other provinces witnessed on Sunday a severe dust storm that affected air traffic, while Australia evacuated residents in southwest Sydney, amid heavy rainfall, strong winds and expectations of the worst floods, and the first typhoon this year in China caused storms and rains the southern coasts of the country;
resulting in massive flooding;
Studies attribute all this to the exacerbation of climate change.
And the administration of Baghdad International Airport announced the resumption of flights to and from the city's airport, hours after it was stopped due to a severe sandstorm that hit the Iraqi capital and a number of the country's governorates.
The airport administration had said that air traffic was suspended due to bad weather conditions.
The capital, Baghdad, and a number of Iraqi provinces have witnessed a dust storm since Sunday morning, amid expectations that it will recede in the evening, according to the Meteorological Authority.
Iraq is witnessing in all its regions - especially the western ones - dust storms throughout the seasons of the year, due to its impact on climate change, increased drought, desertification rate, lack of rainfall and weak water imports, which led to an increase in dust, which was reflected in the lives of citizens, especially those who suffer from allergies and asthma. and bronchitis.
The Iraqi Ministry of Environment expected that the rate of dust rise in the country would rise from 272 days per year currently to 300 days until 2050.
Climate change led to record floods in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia (Shutterstock-Archives)
In Australia, the authorities ordered thousands of residents to evacuate southwest of Sydney (Australia's largest city), amid heavy rain and strong winds on the east coast, with expectations of floods worse than those that swept the region last year.
The torrential downpour, with rising water levels in dams and rivers, threatens to cause flooding and landslides along the east coast region to the north and south of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, with more rain expected on Sunday evening.
"If you have survived in (floods) in 2021 don't assume you will be safe tonight. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we could see areas affected that have not experienced flooding before," New South Wales Minister of Emergency Services Steve Cook said in a television briefing on Sunday evening. .
In Camden - Sydney's southwestern suburb, home to more than 100,000 people - shops and a gas station were inundated with floodwaters.
The Water Management Authority said that heavy rains caused water to leak from the Warragma Dam (southwest of Sydney) during the night, adding that simulation models showed that the leak would be similar to a major leak that occurred in March 2021 in the dam itself.
Australia is experiencing some of the worst effects of climate change;
The frequency and intensity of droughts, deadly wildfires, Great Barrier Reef bleaching and floods have increased as global weather patterns change.
Heavy rain caused floods in Guangdong Province, China (Anatolia)
Typhoon in China
In China, the first typhoon of this year caused storms and rain on the country's southern coasts;
This led to massive floods in provinces, including Guangdong (China's most populous province).
The National Center of Meteorology said - in a statement - that Hurricane Chaba - which is moving northwest at a speed of 15-20 kilometers per hour - caused heavy rains that may exceed the record for cumulative rain, and that it is pulling the monsoon belt in the region into country.Keywords: