Thick, dense sandstorms have struck Beijing and several Chinese provinces, causing pollution levels to drastically increase.
Sandstorms shroud Beijing and provinces in China
Capital Beijing and several provinces in China will be affected by thick, dense sandstorms that will severely affect visibility, Chinese weather authorities say.
The Central Meteorological Observatory issued yellow warning signals from Wednesday to early morning Thursday for Shaanxi, Shanxi, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Henan, Jiangsu, Anhui and Hubei provinces.
Many areas would have low visibility, weather forecasters said, cautioning drivers on speed. Sandstorms would gradually move south and then weaken.
China has a four-tier, colour-coded weather-warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow and blue.