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Cairo turns orange as sandstorm hits

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A man covers his face during a sandstorm in Cairo, Egypt, 16 January 2019: While some used surgical masks to filter the dust, others chose to hide under their coats © Reuters While some used surgical masks to filter the dust, others chose to hide under their coats

An orange cloud has swept through Cairo, forcing people to take cover in buildings as strong winds brought thick dust to the Egyptian capital.

Several ports were reportedly closed and officials at Cairo airport said the sandstorm had caused flight delays.

Egypt's health ministry advised people with respiratory problems to avoid leaving their homes until the storm on Wednesday had passed.

A police speedboat travels on the River Nile during a sandstorm in Cairo, Egypt, 16 January 2019: A police speedboat travels on the River Nile during the sandstorm © Reuters A police speedboat travels on the River Nile during the sandstorm

Some took to social media to post images of the effects of the storm.

A view of the sandstorm by the River Nile in Cairo, Egypt, 16 January 2019: Witnesses said "the colour of the air is changing", describing it as "some kind of fog"

Witnesses said "the colour of the air is changing", describing it as "some kind of fog"
© EPA

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