The Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China

05/04/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/04/2021 06:07

China renews blue alert for sandstorms

BEIJING - China's national observatory renewed a blue alert for sandstorms on May 4.

From the night on May 4 to 8 pm on May 5, floating sand and dust are expected to sweep parts of Xinjiang, Gansu, Qinghai, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia, the National Meteorological Center forecast.

Some parts of Gansu and Inner Mongolia will be hit by sandstorms, the center said.

The center has advised the public to take precautions against floating sand and dust, and suggested that drivers prepare for poor visibility.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system for sandstorms, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.