Northern China hit by strongest sandstorm in a decade

The strongest sandstorm in ten years swept across China on , with in Beijing issuing a “yellow alert” and warning of severely restricted visibility.
Pollution in the Chinese capital reached a dangerous level after heavy winds brought in sand from the north-west of the country.

The China Meteorological Administration announced the yellow alert on morning, saying around 12 provinces were or would be affected.
That makes the storm both the strongest sandstorm in ten years and the one covering the largest territory.

According to Chinese media, Beijing airports had to cancel than 400 flights.
Spring is sandstorm in China. Strong winds carry sand and fine dust from the Gobi desert and Mongolia into the often heavily smoggy and densely populated industrial regions. (dpa/NAN)