Major dust storm has hit much of Iraq, causing poor visibility at Baghdad and Najaf airports where flights were canceled. Visibility in certain parts of Iraq was less than 500 meters on Saturday, April 30. Additionally, hundreds of individuals required medical treatment for respiratory diseases caused by the dust storm. These storms have grown more common in the Middle East due to climate change and poor land and water management. According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Iraq might suffer 300 dust events every year in the next ten years. Sand storms have long been a part of life in the region’s deserts, but scientists believe that unsustainable mining, oil production, agriculture, and intense military wars are making the problems worse. According to meteorologists, sand and dust storms are becoming more common in new places, such as Central Asia.