“Day Turned Into Night”: These Videos of Jaisalmer Sandstorm are Apocalyptic

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“Day Turned Into Night”: These Videos of Jaisalmer Sandstorm are Apocalyptic

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

From earthquakes to floods to a pandemic, it would be an understatement to say that 2020 has been a tumultuous year. While the colossal explosion in Beirut shocked the world a few days back, apocalyptic footage has emerged from Jaisalmer where a giant sandstorm engulfed parts of the city.

The sandstorm hit “the golden city” on August 5 at around 6.30 pm and also affected neighbouring cities like Balotra and Balmer. About 300 kilometers of area was covered in dust, with visibility being almost absent for passersby. While the incident sent the residents of the city into a panic, many did what people do these days, took out a phone and captured stunning visuals of the sandstorm in action.

According to News18 Lokmat, dust clouds first erupted in the villages of Poonam Nagar, Nehadai, and Mohangarh. The dust, then moved toward the west where luxury hotels and the city’s famous Sonar fort also got affected.

Many witnesses to the event claimed that the sky had turned orange and “day turned into night” in a matter of minutes.

A forest official tweeted an ominous video of the sandstorm stating “Rajasthan sand storm! Hope people are fine!”

Many residents of the city captured the visuals from their rooftops or while travelling.

In many of the videos shared online, there is nothing visible except just vast blankets of sand.

On the particular day, Jaisalmer was one of the hottest temperature spots in India, recording a temperature of 43.1 degree celsius. A similar sandstorm had also struck the city in May of this year. At the time, a part of the historic Jaisalmer fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a hilltop citadel was damaged by the gusty winds.

Dear 2020, can you please chill the hell out for two minutes?