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Blinding Sandstorms Claim 22 Lives

May 04, 1997|From Times Wire Reports

Egypt's worst sandstorms in 30 years killed 22 people in accidents ranging from fallen trees to collapsed walls. The Interior Ministry said 12 provinces were affected by the series of storms, which blinded drivers and sparked fires by downing electrical lines. The storms briefly grounded air traffic at Cairo International Airport and plunged the capital into darkness for about an hour. The Meteorological Authority said winds reached 68 miles per hour, creating the worst sandstorms seen in three decades.

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