Sahara Dust will not affect Mexicos Pacific coast according to CENAPRED


In Sinaloa, the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) does not foresee any affectation due to the arrival of the phenomenon, which will be moving in the country from today, Friday to Sunday, June 28, mainly in the northeastern states, the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. and the south of the country, reported Juan Francisco Vega Meza, director of the Sinaloa State Institute for Civil Protection.

He indicated that according to technical sheet # 37 of CENAPRED the dust cloud would not be entering Sinaloa, contrary to Campeche and Tamaulipas where today there would be high concentrations, as well as on Saturday and Sunday in the north of Veracruz, Tamaulipas, and Coahuila.

He pointed out that it is important to stay alert and pay attention to the warnings of the National Meteorological Service and the Civil Protection authorities in relation to the phenomenon that consists of a dry air mass with sand particles that forms in the Sahara desert in Africa and that can affect air quality in extreme cases.

The general recommendations are:

• Avoid exposing yourself to high concentrations of dust. o Take shelter during these events, closing all air inlets to the rooms for the duration of the event.
• If it is necessary to be outdoors, use glasses and a mask or a handkerchief.
• People with chronic respiratory diseases (COPD, asthma), older adults, pregnant women, and children should wear respiratory protectors such as face masks or damp tissue to cover the nose and mouth.
• If you have a sensation of foreign bodies in the eyes, wash them with plenty of water. It is preferable to use drinking or boiled water.
• Wash your hands before starting the procedure.
• Cover water sources such as wells, containers or storage ponds to avoid contamination.
• In general, use appropriate personal protective equipment such as goggles, face masks, or a wet cloth handkerchief to cover the nose and mouth.
• Dampen areas of your home before sweeping to avoid resuspension of dust that may accumulate.


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