A huge duststorm has swept eastern Australia, blanketing Sydney.
Landmarks, including the city’s Harbour Bridge and Opera House, were shrouded in a red haze. Outback winds have stripped thousands of tonnes of soil from drought-ravaged farmland, carrying it to the coast. Many people contacted emergency services, fearing a bush fire in the city. “I actually thought first the whole city is on fire or something, it was just so red. I don’t know if first we thought it was fire, then we thought it is like the sun that is trying to come through, then we had to quickly turn on the TV to figure out what was actually happening because we were a bit worried,” said one woman. “The colour was amazing, I have never seen it. I am 72-years-old and I have never seen that in my life before. It is the first time ever. So, it is really a phenomenon,” said another man. International flights have been diverted and Sydney’s harbour ferry was also suspended because of poor visibility.