China sandstorm hits millions
BEIJING: A sandstorm blown by gusting winds enveloped a huge area of central and northern China yesterday in thick pollution hazardous to people venturing outdoors.
The Beijing Meteorological Observatory advised people to minimize time spent outdoors and forecast that the murky conditions would linger into morning today.
Tens of millions of residents across eight provinces and autonomous regions and in municipal Beijing were told to use masks or scarves when outside to protect their eyes and lungs.
The low visibility prompted warnings for drivers to slow down and for airports to take precautions.
Beijing’s air quality index topped 800 in some areas, on a scale ranking anything above 150 as unhealthy for the general population. AP