Strong wind, sandstorms and concentrated mud are battering northern China – inflicting journey chaos and damaging property.
A 100-metre-high wall of sand rolled into Shandan County in Zhangye City at midday on Monday, engulfing the residential space and decreasing visibility right down to 10m.
Extraordinary footage confirmed the sandstorm towering above northern Gansu Province.
The nation’s prime meteorological authority has issued a yellow climate warning in additional than 10 provinces, cautioning this could possibly be China’s most extreme sandstorm to this point this yr.
China has a four-tier, colour-coded climate warning system with crimson representing probably the most extreme climate, adopted by orange, yellow, and blue.
Jiayuguan City was additionally sufferer to thick mud and cooling temperatures, dropping to -2C (28.4F).
The native sanitation division responded by dispatching fog cannons and water sprinklers to cut back mud to minimise air air pollution.
The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was additionally hit by robust winds and mud, decreasing visibility right down to lower than 50m in some areas.
Strong winds hit Aksu City at round midday on Monday, carrying sand and mud into the air.
The climate prompted the native site visitors police division to activate a extreme climate response, urging drivers to take additional care.
Read extra from China:
Putin and Xi maintain talks within the Kremlin
Analysis: West is unconvinced on China’s peacemaker function
Hejing County in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture was additionally enveloped – with lower than 100m visibility as a result of climate.
The National Meteorological Center has warned the climate will proceed to be sandy and dusty into Wednesday within the southern a part of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, in addition to within the northeastern a part of China together with Qinghai, Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Heibei, Beijing, Tianjin, Heilongjiang, Liaoning and Jilin.
In 2021, China noticed its largest sandstorm in additional than a decade with the skies of Beijing turning orange.
The metropolis’s 21.7 million residents have been instructed to remain indoors as air high quality indexes recorded a “hazardous” ranking.