Posted on July 30, 2014
Dusty and windy weather failed to dampen Eid Al Fitr festivities here yesterday. However, authorities were forced to temporarily close the coastal road in Al Khor. The Interior Ministry said on Twitter that visibility was nearly zero in the coastal areas of Al Khor due to dust in the air and strong winds.
On the whole, the dusty and windy weather did not dampen Eid revelry in Qatar as the first day of the festival was celebrated with fervour. Low visibility at places led to a number of road accidents in different parts of the country. At least 10 traffic mishaps were reported in which three persons were injured, none of them serious. One of the injured was a citizen and his condition was described by doctors at the accident and emergency unit of Hamad General Hospital (HGH) as stable.
Some 516 cases were reported to the emergency unit of HGH from right after morning Eid prayers until 6pm, and many of them were stomach upsets. Some complained of chest pain and heart ailments. At least one expatriate was reported dead due to cardiac arrest, said doctors at the emergency unit. Cases of stomach upset that are quite common at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, were mainly caused by a sudden and heavy intake of sweet and fatty food.

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At the various children’s hospitals of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), some 900 cases were reported during daytime. More than half of them (476) were reported at Al Sadd’s pediatric emergency, while 250 at Al Rayyan, 120 at the Old Airport unit, and 25 at Al Dhayeen unit and 30 in Al Shamal’s (North) pediatric emergency. At least 90 percent of the cases related to stomach flu while some children complained of respiratory problems. There were some cases of fall from heights as well but the injuries suffered by the victims were minor.
HMC’s Ambulance Service received some 235 calls yesterday, with at least two for air ambulance. Some 66 calls were related to serious cases. The Weather Bureau has forecast hot, windy and dusty conditions today and said visibility will be down to 2km and less at places. Wind direction will be northwesterly to southwesterly with speeds ranging from 12 to 27 knots. The maximum temperatures will vary between 39 and 45 degrees Celsius (39 degrees in Abu Samra and Al Ruwais; 45 in Al Wakra and Mesaieed, 44 in Doha). The night will be relatively cool with the mercury levels down to 30 to 35 degrees. In Doha, the minimum temperature is expected at 35.