China: Worst sandstorm of the decade in Beijing

A massive smog was felt in the Chinese capital, Beijing and Chinese Meteorological Department called it the worst sandstorm of the decade. Air pollution watchdogs say the storm has caused a record increase in air pollution.

The Gobi Desert is a vast, arid region in northern China and southern Mongolia. It’s known for its dunes and mountains. Dust from Gobi Desert has clouded the sky in Beijing and turned its blue color into brown.¬†Hundreds of flights have been canceled in the meantime. Mongolia has also been hit by severe sandstorm.¬†Dozens have been confirmed missing in addition to six deaths reported.

According to the Flags News China office, sandstorms have hit at least 12 provinces of China. The affected cities include the capital, Beijing. The weather is forecast to remain the same during the day while it may improve at night. The World Health Organization (WHO) measures air quality by 10 particle meters (PM). It looks at how many particles of pollution there are in the environment.

Activities in Chinese Capital

Schools have canceled outdoor activities and people with respiratory illnesses have been advised to stay indoors. In recent years, Beijing has been hit by several sandstorms. The reconstruction of many buildings and projects has improved the situation. Air pollution in Beijing and surrounding areas has risen sharply in recent weeks. This is due to the increase in industrial activities.