Beijing, China’s capital city was hit by the worst sandstorm in a decade on Monday.
Beijing was cloaked in an apocalyptic yellow-brown haze as the strong dusty winds blew across the city. The situation turned worst combined with already high air pollution.
Capital of China suffers ‘hazardous’ levels of air pollution with authorities issuing a second-highest safety alert.
Poor visibility caused hundreds of flights to be grounded and cancelled while traffic choked the roads.
According to The National Meteorological Center, Monday’s storm had developed in the Gobi Desert in the Inner Mongolia Region. The schools in the region had been advised to close and bus service added to reduce residents’ exposure to the harsh conditions.
“This is the most intense sandstorm weather our country has seen in 10 years, as well as it covering the broadest area,” the center shared the update on its website.
The images circulating on social media reveal the intensity of the sand storm.
The Skyscrapers in the center of Beijing appeared to drop from sight amid the dust and sand.
While the traffic was also affected.
As being reported, Monday saw more than 400 flights out of the capital’s two main airports canceled amid high winds and low visibility.
If you own a turban and you live in #Beijing, this is your moment of glory. Impressive #Sandstorm ⏳ in the capital of #China. Air quality stations way off the charts, of course.— Daniel Mira Salama (@_danielmira) March 15, 2021
Short thread 🧵#pollution #airpollution #MaskOn
👇Normal day 👇Today pic.twitter.com/IQKq6mxzCM
Several people also shared screenshots of the City’s air quality indexes that showed readings of more than 9,000, officially “beyond index”.
Being woken up by the air purifier overclocking is a new, cursed feeling. pic.twitter.com/FOKpBnWt70— Krish Raghav (@krishraghav) March 15, 2021
As being reported at least 341 people were reported missing in Mongolia, which was also hit by Beijing Hit with Worst Sandstorm, and flights were grounded out of Hohhot in inner Mongolia.
Inner Mongolia is particularly prone to extreme weather resulting from resource exploitation.