Air in Yerevan was polluted with strange yellow dust today. It was very unpleasant with no air to breathe. The dust mingled with slight morning moisture and stuck to the car’s front window, as I drove my son to school.
As the day drew to midday, Armenia’s ever-concerned Facebook community (Ֆեյսբուկահայություն) invented horror stories about an environmental disaster. Some went so far as to say there’s been a blast at Armenia’s nuclear power plant and the dust was radioactive.
Ecolur environmental news agency asked state officials for clarifications and a spokesperson for the Ministry of Environmental Protection said this is dust came from Arabic deserts.
By the close of business day yellow rain came down and the air felt cleaner. And no need to panic at all. Thank God!