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Beijing Skies Turn Yellow as Sand, Dust Engulf Chinese Capital

A sanitation employee rides a automobile previous Central Business District buildings shrouded in sand and dirt in Beijing. (Reuters)

Beijing’s air high quality index rose to 324 on Thursday, primarily attributable to bigger particles of sand and dirt, municipal authorities stated.

  • Reuters Beijing
  • Last Updated:April 15, 2021, 15:57 IST
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The skies above Beijing turned yellow and air air pollution soared to extreme ranges as a large cloud of sand and dirt particles rolled into town, propelled by robust winds from the north of China.

Beijing’s air high quality index rose to 324 as of 4:00 pm native time on Thursday, primarily attributable to bigger particles of sand and dirt, based on municipal authorities.

The particles originated from Mongolia and the Chinese area of Inner Mongolia, and excessive winds are anticipated to hold the pollution to central and japanese China by Friday, the China Meteorological Administration stated.

The quantity of sand within the air was lower than that in two sandstorms in northern China final month, however the windspeed was increased, permitting the dusty climate to journey quicker and farther, based on the meteorological administration.

China usually blames Mongolia’s Gobi desert for its annual sandstorms.

Delegates from China’s arid Gansu area stated in a proposal to parliament final month that over half of the mud storms that descend on China every year come from overseas, primarily from the south of Mongolia.

Beijing has been planting thousands and thousands of bushes alongside its border to dam out sandstorms, a part of a undertaking referred to as the “Great Green Wall”.

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