Massive Sandstorms Sweep Though Parts of China

By: RTV/CCTV/CBS
By: RTV/CCTV/CBS
Sand storm shrouded the city of Kashgar, northwest China

Sand storm shrouded the city of Kashgar, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since early morning on Thursday, causing five flights canceled and over 1,500 passengers stranded. (RTV/CCTV/CBS)

Sand storm shrouded the city of Kashgar, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since early morning on Thursday, causing five flights canceled and over 1,500 passengers stranded.

"We have arranged the stranded passengers rest in hotels and when the weather gets better, we will inform and pick up the passengers in time," said Ma Zhaoyong, a duty manager of ground handling services in Kashgar Airport.

The storm started on Wednesday afternoon in cities and counties including Kashgar, Khotan, Kuqa, Korla and Qiemo in southern Xinjiang, and by Thurday afternoon, a total of 22 flights in the region were affected.

The visibility dropped to less than ten meters in most affected areas of Kashgar, and cars were all driving slowing with their lights on.

"The strong wind suddenly started today and the temperature also dropped sharply. It was hard to drive my car on the road and I felt difficult to open my eyes and breathe," said Chen Pan, a resident in Kashgar.

According to local meteorological department, the sand storm weather will last till Sunday.


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