An intense sandstorm swept across the Za’tari refugee camp in Jordan on Sunday 25/10/2015, leading to several cases of suffocation amongst children and the elderly who were transported to the hospitals in the camp.
The Za’tari camp was opened on 29/7/2012, and by 24/4/2013, its residents had reached 202,000 refugees. However, the number of refugees living there is dropping at a dramatic rate, with only 79,284 refugees residing there currently.
The camp lies in a desert area in al-Mafrouq province of Jordan. Since its opening, it has been subjected to a number of sandstorms in addition to torrents and rainstorms.