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Blanket of Saharan dust affects BVI! Illness, visibility concerns raised

All persons with respiratory illnesses in the British Virgin Islands should be on alert as a plume of dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa impacts the territory this week.

This advisory was issued by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) who said in their latest weather update that the dust can aggravate persons with that category of illnesses.

Small craft operators are also being advised to exercise caution.

The DDM said a dry and dusty environment associated with the Saharan dust will cause hazy conditions with reduced visibility and minimal shower activity to prevail over the territory during the next two days.

“Saharan Dust travels across the Atlantic Ocean to different parts of the world. For the past few days, the skies over the BVI have been very hazy because the dust levels have become hazardous,” the DDM stated.

“This means visibility is impacted and those who suffer from respiratory illnesses should be on high alert and dust accumulation both indoors and outdoors can be expected … Small craft operators should exercise caution against choppy seas and reduced visibility,” the DDM added.

The layer of Saharan dust — which has been described as abnormal for the BVI — is forecast to make a trek of more than 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States by the end of the week.


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  1. Haha says:

    The year 2020, where everything that can go wrong will go wrong.

  2. This says:

    This is the precursor being sent by your African brethren. Following this will be the hurricanes to eradicate the vermin racists of the BVI

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    • Oh brother says:

      OK kettle we will clean up our sins. You put us to shame. Until then you can stay out of the kitchen in the yard. Far away from uncleanliness in a place where you will be happier.

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    • Smh says:

      Sahara dust minimises hurricanes mr jupiter

  3. SURPRISED says:


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    • Lol says:

      Its VIP or NDP fault they do not listen to the people. We keep telling them to close the boarders but now they allowed this to get in.:D ?
      Just a joke for the day ok guys.

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    • Boo says:

      Lol yes they are very ignorant with that

    • @Surprised says:

      Right? I’m so tired of their whining about everything as though the whole world isn’t going thru trials right now…no, it is just the self-centered people that make up the population of the BVI that are experiencing loss of business, loss of jobs, loss of freedom. Whine, whine, whine.

  4. Lol says:

    Blame An Ju Fie for this, bad decisions this just a warning

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  5. Hahaha says:

    Also, surprised they’re not blaming this on 5G BWAHAHAHAHA

  6. ;) says:

    OMG… lock us up. Mandatory quarantine and start curfews again. Dust can only cause problems at night between 6pm and 6am. coughing from the dust can only be construed as Corona anyway.

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  7. ? says:

    The picture that says after should say “during”. The haze isn’t gone so it can’t be after..

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  8. Eagle eye says:

    Now this is a real reason to wear mask

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