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A Sandstorm Swept Through Egypt And Everything Turned Orange

The storm in the southern city of Aswan left two dead.

Posted on May 8, 2014, at 3:41 p.m. ET

A sandstorm swept through Aswan, a city in Egypt's south, on Wednesday afternoon, damaging property and killing two people, according to local media reports.

"@EgyptianStreets Two reportedly killed during #Aswan sandstorm in #Egypt"

Rena Netjes@RenaNetjes

"@EgyptianStreets Two reportedly killed during #Aswan sandstorm in #Egypt"

05:19 AM - 8 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Egyptian Yousrey Aref uploaded this video of nature's onslaught to his public Facebook page.

“I almost suffocated from the sand! Every thing turned into an orange light only and you can’t see any thing [outside] the windows," Aref described in Arabic, the Egyptian Streets blog reported.

Aswan is a popular tourist spot because of the area's breathtaking ancient pharaonic temples and artifacts.

حذار من غضب الالهه في ارضها المقدسة ، #اسوان

Osama Sobhy@sop7e

حذار من غضب الالهه في ارضها المقدسة ، #اسوان

07:03 PM - 7 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Egypt's recent drop in tourism has hit Aswan hard.

عاصفة رمليه في #اسوان #aswan #egypt

Mohammed Rawy@MidooRawy

عاصفة رمليه في #اسوان

#aswan #egypt

12:52 PM - 7 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In the 1960s, the Egyptian government controversially relocated some of Aswan's local Nuba people to make room for the Aswan Dam.

Since then, many in Aswan have accused the central government of ignoring local development beyond the tourism industry.

صورة من العاصفة الترابية في #اسوان أمس #egyptianstreets

Amr السُمّان@amrelsman

صورة من العاصفة الترابية في #اسوان أمس #egyptianstreets

07:55 AM - 8 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Aswan dust storm was part of a wave of erratic weather to hit Egypt this week, including floods in the Sinai peninsula and a heatwave in the capital Cairo.

While dust storms are common across Egypt, residents on social media reported that they could not remember a storm of similar size in Aswan. As this Instagram caption captures: "This picture is not edited."

دى صوره من غير اى اديت .. #اسوان


دى صوره من غير اى اديت .. #اسوان

02:06 PM - 7 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite