Beijing engulfed by third major dust storm in five weeks, China
China's capital Beijing has seen its third major dust storm in five weeks on Thursday, April 15, 2021. The storm is expected to continue in the coming days, affecting central and eastern China, according to the Guaizihu Meteorological Station.
Beijing's air quality index surged to 324 as of 08:00 UTC (16:00 LT) on Thursday, mainly due to larger particles of dust, reported the municipal authorities.
The situation worsened in the evening, with some parts of the city seeing an air quality index of more than 1 300, according to the Swiss IQAir.
The dust particles originated from Mongolia, and are expected to engulf central and eastern China by Friday, April 16, the Guaizihu Meteorological Station warned.
Compared to the two other similar events in March, the recent one has a higher wind speed, making the dust particles travel farther and faster.
"I don't feel good. We have had several dust storms this year," said resident Gary Zi. "The air quality is much worse than in previous years. Breathing becomes difficult. Sand gets into your eyes and your nose."
In a proposal to the parliament, delegates from the Gansu region said more than half o the dust storms that descend on China every year come from abroad, particularly from southern Mongolia.
See the sandstorm coming in Beijing today pic.twitter.com/ihng5lSkuE
— Zhou Lei (@ZhouLeiArt) April 15, 2021
Apocalyptic skies in Beijing tonight as another sandstorm rolls in, this time with added thunder and lightening. pic.twitter.com/TbjAEE33Cm
— Kathy Long (@ProducerKathy) April 15, 2021
Turned yellow again: Combination thunderstorm and sandstorm in #Beijing right now. pic.twitter.com/sEl2dR1ZuY
— ZouYue (@ZouYueTweets) April 15, 2021
A sandstorm has turned the skies yellow in Beijing, China today. pic.twitter.com/FUf1e6xdRD
— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) April 15, 2021
Featured image credit: Kathy Long
If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Your support makes a difference
Dear valued reader,
We hope that our website has been a valuable resource for you.
The reality is that it takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to maintain and grow this website. We rely on the support of readers like you to keep providing high-quality content.
If you have found our website to be helpful, please consider making a contribution to help us continue to bring you the information you need. Your support means the world to us and helps us to keep doing what we love.
Support us by choosing your support level – Silver, Gold or Platinum. Other support options include Patreon pledges and sending us a one-off payment using PayPal.
Thank you for your consideration. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Commenting rules and guidelines
We value the thoughts and opinions of our readers and welcome healthy discussions on our website. In order to maintain a respectful and positive community, we ask that all commenters follow these rules:
We reserve the right to remove any comments that violate these rules. By commenting on our website, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Thank you for helping to create a positive and welcoming environment for all.