Burkina Faso, sandstorm
In minutes the sky changes: it looks almost like thunder clouds, but the color is brownish and the clouds move so fast along the landscape that you can actually measure the speed. The wind is up to 40 kilometers per hour, and flying sand reduces the visibility to less than a meter. After 10 minutes the rain starts, and after another 5 minutes the wind diminishes into gale strength.
The storm loosens the plastic covers of the shelter, and the poles are lifted from the ground, only stopped by the plastic bands that tie the poles onto the rest of the construction.
Sandstorms can be lethal; children have died and
The sandstorms are quite common before and during the rainy season from May to September.
These weather conditions provides extreme pressure on the shelters, and underlines the need continuously maintenance of the shelters. Only the best reinforced shelters can stand the worst of the sandstorms.
As Ahmed Agssadek, the father of 2 says: “without the shelters provided by NRC, this situation would be very, very serious for my family.”
Photo: NRC/Ingrid Prestetun