Chinese city hit by massive sandstorm and smothered in yellow fog

Dramatic footage shows Chinese city being hit by a massive sandstorm and smothered in yellow fog in seconds

  • A thick wall of sand engulfed Xilingol League in Inner Mongolia on Sunday 
  • Visibility was reduced to below 1,000 metres (0.62 miles) in parts of the city 
  • The sandstorm forced residents to cover their faces with masks and scarves

A huge sandstorm has engulfed a northern Chinese city over the weekend, forcing residents to cover their faces with masks and scarves. 

Dramatic footage shows a thick wall of sand hitting Xilingol League in Inner Mongolia on Sunday, casting a yellow fog over the city in just seconds. 

Visibility was reduced to below 1,000 metres (0.62 miles) in parts of the region, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

Dramatic footage shows a thick wall of sand hitting Xilingol League in Inner Mongolia on Sunday, casting a yellow fog over the city in just seconds

Visibility was reduced to below 1,000 metres (0.62 miles) in parts of the region

Xilingol League weather authorities issued a yellow sandstorm warning at 7:30am, advising residents and relevant departments to ‘take precautions’.

Vehicles were made to slow down and police in high visibility vests were deployed to direct traffic. 

Temperatures dropped in other areas of Inner Mongolia, including Baotou, Hinggan League, Chifeng and Tongliao. 

Xilingol League weather authorities issued a yellow sandstorm warning at 7:30am, advising residents and relevant departments to ‘take precautions’


Vehicles were made to slow down and police in high visibility vests were directing traffic

In Ulanqab city, temperatures on Sunday dropped 13 degrees Celsius overnight to only eight degrees Celsius, triggering a rain and snow warning. 

Such sandstorms regularly occur in the dry season, when winds blow loose, dry soil and sand into urban areas from the Gobi desert, coating cities in a layer of yellow grime.

Locals are asked to close their doors and windows and reinforce lose structures such as hoardings, scaffolding and billboards.   

They are also advised to wear masks and scarves when going out to prevent damage to the eyes and respiratory tract.

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