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28 mars 2018 | 09h00 UTC

China: Sandstorm covers Beijing in dust March 27-28

China Alerte de sécurité

Beijing and neighboring Hebei province covered in dust due to sandstorm March 28; wear dust masks when outside

TIMEFRAME expected from 27/3/2018, 12h00 until 28/3/2018, 11h59 (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION Beijing

Event

A sandstorm has covered the capital Beijing with dust as of Wednesday, March 28, raising the air quality index to hazardous levels. Late on March 27, the National Meteorological Center issued a blue warning, the lowest on China’s four-tier alert system, as dust started to cover Beijing; the alert remained in place until noon (local time) on March 28. Residents of northern Beijing and the north of neighboring Hebei province have been advised to keep doors and windows shut, to wear scarves and dust masks when outside, and to drive slowly due to poor visibility.

Context

Sandstorms in China typically originate in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, whose dust descends on China each year. In an effort to block the sand, Beijing has planted millions of trees along its border with Mongolia.

Even during normal periods, air quality in Beijing is poor due to industrial activity.

Advice

Individuals - especially elderly and those with respiratory problems - present in affected areas are advised to minimize outdoors activities as much as possible, keep abreast of the situation, and seek medical assistance if needed.

 

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