Heavy snow, sandstorm strand rescuers at airport (2)

10:58, April 26, 2010      

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Li Ying from Alxa Left Banner, Inner Mongolia, was still terrified while recalling the sandstorm.

"The wind was so loud that it woke me up at Saturday night and I couldn't fall sleep again. After I got up and looked outside Sunday morning, I was astonished to see the whole neighborhood was covered with yellow grit."

Sandstorm has caused huge property and agricultural losses.

In Gansu, 1.42 million people were negatively affected and 460 people were evacuated and relocated, according to Gansu Provincial Civil Affairs Department.

The department's statistics also show that 547 houses collapsed and 812 houses were damaged during the storm but fortunately no human losses have been reported yet.

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