Media – British in particular – is reporting concern over acid rain possibly falling on major tourism areas in Turkey. The warnings followed news that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) torched the largest sulphur plant in the Middle East, which is located close to Mosul in Iraq.
Hundreds of Iraqis were injured as a result of the ISIS attack:
Among the headlines are:
Popular British holiday hotspot issues ACID RAIN warning after ISIS torch sulphur plant – Daily Express
Turkey is on alert for a giant cloud of ACID RAIN that will burn through plants after ISIS set fire to Mosul sulphur factory – Daily Mail
HOLIDAY HEALTH HELL Popular Brit holiday hotspots to be hit by highly toxic acid rain after ISIS attack on sulphur plant – The Sun
However, Turkey’s own Daily Sabah is more sanguine: Acid rain risk in Turkey 'very low,' meteorology directorate says.
The paper quotes domestic meteorologists saying, "Considering the meteorological conditions in the area, acid rain risk is very low … As the region will see rainy weather starting from Friday, wind flows are expected to move North, which will mean a very low possibility of acid rain.”
While that may signal good news for Turkey’s tourism industry, which is already hit by the terror threat in the region, the acid rain cloud could well cause environmental damage to other parts of the region.