12th April, 1935 : The dust storm that swept across the USA’s “breadbasket” today created a staggering trail of great destruction. Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico were all affected. Increasingly severe dust storms are hanging like a black scourge over half the country, wiping out millions of dollars’ worth of crops, forcing thousands to flee from their homes. Livestock have suffered miserably. The incidence of dust pneumonia among children is growing as dust piles up inside houses; schools and businesses are closed; traffic is stopped and bereaved families cannot bury their dead. In Texas, even the birds are afraid to fly.
[Nothing much changes; instead of black dust scourge we have brown-green one, even more devastating. Is somebody writing a sequel to the Grapes of Wrath?]