The skies above Beijing have turned yellow and air pollution reached “severe levels” as a giant cloud of sand and dust particles rolled into the city on Thursday.
According to the municipal authorities, the air quality index of Beijing rose to 324 as of 4:00 p.m (0800 GMT) which was mainly due to larger particles of sand and dust as strong winds propelled from the north of China.
China Meteorological Administration said that the particles were from Mongolia and the Chinese region Inner Mongolia.
High winds were expected to carry pollutants in central and eastern China by Friday.
Meteorological administration added that the wind speed was higher, allowing the dusty weather to travel faster and farther compared with the two sandstorms that happened last month.
Beijing initiated a project called “Great Green Wall,” planting millions of trees along its border to block out sandstorms.
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