Northern China hit by strongest sandstorm in a decade

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

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

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