ERBIL — A new wave of dust storm in central and southern Iraq forced authorities on Monday to cancel flights and postpone school exams, according to official statements.
Airports in Baghdad, Najaf, and Sulaymaniyah have so far suspended all incoming and outgoing flights and others are expected to join them in the decision as the dust storm is likely to worsen.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Education has canceled the school exams across the country, saying the finals will be rescheduled when there is no risk to the health of the students and the process itself.
The decision, however, does not apply to schools in the Kurdistan Region.
Several provinces, including Baghdad, Diwaniyah, Wasit, and Babil, have announced Monday a public holiday for government employees, calling on the people to stay at home due to the storm.
Iraq has been hit by several waves of dust storm this year which sent hundreds of people to hospitals for emergency medical treatments, and forced local administrations to shut down government offices.