A giant dust storm has blanketed communities across south-east Australia, turning skies orange and raising concerns about air quality. Authorities issued a public health alert for Sydney today as the 500 kilometer-wide dust band began to reach the city. Many regions elsewhere in New South Wales (NSW) have had poor visibility. Authorities said the storm has been driven by strong winds picking up dry soil. According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology the problem has been exacerbated by a drought that has affected the entire state of NSW since August.
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