A dust storm has swept across southern Egypt, bringing traffic to a standstill.
The dust dramatically reduced visibility, forcing the closure of several highways in Upper Egypt and in the New Valley, according to the state-owned newspaper al-Ahram.
Known as “haboobs”, these types of dust storms are usually caused by a collapsing thunderstorm.
They may look impressive, but they can be hazardous due to their ability to dramatically reduce visibility in a matter of seconds.
As they sweep across a region, temperature also drops by a few degrees while the winds increase, sometimes gusting up to 100 kilometres per hour.
Able to grow up to one kilometre in height, haboobs typically last a few hours. The stronger ones can travel for more than 150 kilometres.
The thunderstorm which triggered the haboob over Aswan was part of a large system which has been affecting much of the country over the past few days.