Sandstorm hits most of North China

09:35, April 27, 2010      

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A serious sandstorm hits Shijiazhuang, capital city of North China's Hebei Province, on Monday, April 26, 2010. [Photo: China Foto Press]

Yellow gale continued to sweep regions in Northern China on Monday, after severe sandstorms hit northwest regions over the weekend that have killed three people in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

A strong gale began to ravage north China's Hebei Province Monday at about 1:30 p.m., blowing dust around and turning most parts of the province dark for about one-and-half hours.

A wild wind, mixed with rain, also hit Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province at around 5 p.m., which severely affected air quality in the city.

Parts of north China's Shanxi Province were also struck by strong winds, sleet and rains on Monday, and the cold front would continue to haunt the province Tuesday.

According to China Meteorology Administration and local meteorological authorities, temperatures also dropped by more than 10 degrees Celsius in some other provinces like northeastern Heilongjiang Province and Shandong Province.

The CMA urged local authorities to take measures to minimize possible damage caused by the sandy weather.

Source: CRI Online
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