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‘Drive carefully, visibility poor’

Visibility was reduced to less than 1000 meters in many areas due to severe sandstorms.

KUWAIT CITY, June 27: Kuwait’s Interior Ministry has issued severe weather warnings across the country, calling on drivers to take extra precaution due to impaired visibility. Motorists are encouraged to strictly abide by traffic regulations and should not hesitate to ask for assistance by dialing the emergency number 112. Meanwhile, maritime traffic has also been paralyzed in Kuwaiti ports as a result of the deteriorating weather conditions, Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) announced. Navigation operations have been suspended indefinitely at Shuwaikh, Shuaiba and Doha ports, KPA said in a statement.

Forecasters have indicated that unstable weather conditions will prevail in the coming days, with strong winds and blowing dust expected to cause poor visibility. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced that five flights at Kuwait International Airport were diverted to neighboring countries due to dusty weather conditions on Wednesday.

In a statement to KUNA, head of the airport’s air navigation department Emad Al-Sanousi said that landing was affected by low visibility, but takeoff was normal. He added that the five flights were diverted to Doha and Manama airports. The visibility level is currently less than 500 meters in some parts of Kuwait, with wind reaching 70 kmh, Al- Sanousi noted. (KUNA)

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