In and around Beijing, the Capital of China, a sandstorm from the western deserts hit. After what was described as the most powerful sandstorm in 10 years, weather officials advised residents not to go outside.
Beijing, the Capital of China, and a large area of the north of the country have been hit by the worst sandstorm in a decade.
Many people panicked because of the dust cloud covering the sky.
Dust and sand in the skyscrapers area in the capital, Beijing, reduced visibility.
Chinese meteorological authorities have advised citizens not to go outside. Local media reported that authorities had issued a yellow alert in the city.
There were no casualties or injuries in the sandstorm. Traffic congestion occurred in many parts of the city due to reduced visibility.
More than 400 flights have been cancelled at two airports in the capital due to a sandstorm.
WHAT IS YELLOW ALARM?
A yellow alert is issued in cases where the weather is dangerous. Within the scope of this alarm, citizens should be careful about activities that may be affected by meteorological conditions.
Such storms occur regularly in the country in the spring, as sand from the western deserts flies eastward, affecting regions up to northern Japan.
Places with a density of trees were less affected by the sandstorm, while in places where trees were scarce, sandstorms had a big impact.
Japan’s National Meteorological Center said sand and dust were forecast to affect 12 provinces and regions, from Xinjiang in the northwest to Heilongjiang in the northeast and the eastern port city of Tianjin.
“This is the busiest sandstorm our country has seen in 10 years and covers the largest area,” the National Weather Service said in a post on its website.