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Caribbean air quality threatened by Sahara Dust plume

Sahara dust

Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2023. 6:42 am CST.

By  Breaking Belize News Staff: According to reports from Caribbean Loop News, a plume of Sahara dust has been affecting air quality levels across the Caribbean region.

The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service has confirmed that the dust plume has a particulate matter (PM) of 2.5 and a concentration of 10. While the air quality is considered acceptable, there are still a few pollutants present, which may affect sensitive groups such as the elderly, children, and those with respiratory and cardiovascular ailments.

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) in Montserrat has warned individuals who are sensitive to the dust and pollutants to take necessary precautions. They have advised sensitive groups to take extra care and avoid outdoor activities during peak times when dust concentrations are high.

The Fox News Saharan Air Layer Forecast models predict that the dust will continue to affect the region until mid-week. Unfortunately, the reprieve from the dust will not last long, as another plume is set to arrive in a few days.

As the region continues to grapple with the effects of the Sahara dust plume, it is crucial for individuals to take appropriate precautions to protect their health.

Officials in the Caribbean urge everyone to stay informed and follow the advice of local authorities and health professionals to stay safe during this time.


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