Everything's hidden. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

The city is under a thick film of sand.

Cairo is experiencing a serious sandstorm—two children have reportedly died, ports are closed, and flights were still changing their routes after the airport stopped allowing arrivals for a short time yesterday.

This is how the city looked yesterday, as the sandstorm was developing:

The start of the sandstorm. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

By today the city was under a thick film of sand.

Students run home to get out of the storm. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
It's everywhere. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Still, some people left their homes. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
The sandstorm doesn't recognize city limits. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Some on Twitter have noted that this storm did not prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Egypt—he arrived on Jan. 9.

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