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China issues sandstorm alert

China,Environment/Wildlife, Sun, 22 Apr 2012 IANS

Beijing, April 22 (IANS) China's meteorological authorities Sunday issued a low-level alert against sandstorms that are expected to hit the country's northwest regions.


China has a four-colour coded warning system, with red being the most serious and followed by orange, yellow and blue. On Sunday, the meteorological authorities issued a blue alert, the lowest level in the warning system.


The National Meteorological Center (NMC) said that some parts in south Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, central and western parts of Gansu province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, central and northern areas of Ningxia will see dust weather over the next 24 hours, with sandstorm forecasted in some regions, Xinhua reported.


Strong winds of up to level 11 will accompany the sand in those areas, the NMC said.


The authorities warned residents in the affected areas to be prepared for the sandstorm and wear dust-proof masks to guard against possible harms.


Meanwhile, the NMC said moderate rainfalls or showers will hit most parts of central and eastern China from Sunday to Monday.


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