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
Some took to social media to post images of the effects of the storm.
— Joey Shea (@joey_shea) January 16, 2019
Cairo , no filter btw. pic.twitter.com/5a72QxXpzs
— Wells (@Mohamed_Wells) January 16, 2019
Sandstorm in Cairo today. Seriously no filter. ??? pic.twitter.com/aYuyW6DZEK
— Na3em (@ibnubashir4) January 16, 2019
In images: Cairo engulfed in a dust storm on Wednesday. Outside the capital, the storm has spread to Egypt's Mediterranean coast, the Delta and the north of Upper Egypt, which have experienced heavy showers and strong winds. pic.twitter.com/ZDTkUCNvc3
— Mada Masr مدى مصر (@MadaMasr) January 16, 2019