18 January 2013

Ghana: Dust Engulfs Kumasi

Kumasi — A BILLOWING dust has engulfed the city of Kumasi, making breathing and exhaling extremely difficult for many residents in the city.

Some residents have for some time now been complaining of breathing difficulty due to the cloud of dust that has filled the atmosphere, raising fears of respiratory disease infections.

Some have also been experiencing nose bleeding due to the smudged air circulating the atmosphere.

Though such harsh weather conditions are often experienced during this period of the year, the current conditions, however, have been described as relatively unusual, particularly coming in the wake of the recent spillage that occurred at a chemical warehouse at Atwima Boko some few weeks ago.

Accompanied by dry winds that penetrate deep into the nose, the condition has also affected visibility, especially during the night, making driving and riding of motorbikes uncomfortable.

Some residents have been speculating that the condition was as a result of the spillage, even though this has not been medically proven.

The unfortunate situation has compelled some residents to adopt various strategies, including covering their faces with wet towels and handkerchiefs, in order to avoid any side effect.

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