Dark clouds covered the sky on April 17 in Beijing, the city collapsed rains and sandstorms. In southern China on the same day gale reached 45.5 meters per second, a tempest of hail in Guangdong Province and Guangzhou due to the threat of flooding.
In the cities of Foshan, Zhaoqing and Dongguan South China's Guangdong Province, on Sunday, a result of natural disasters have killed at least 17 people and injured 118, the official publication of the PRC "Xinhua".
In spring 2010, dust storms in China have covered 16 provinces. Residents not to leave their homes. Over the past 50 years, sand storms in China have increased in six. From March to May is the largest number of sandstorms.
More than 1.3 million people have been affected in the north-west of China floods
More than 1.3 million people were affected and 13 died in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region / Xinjiang / China as a result of flooding caused by melting snow and heavy precipitation in the region. This was reported today by Chinese television, referred to ITAR-TASS.
Rising temperatures combined with heavy rainfall over the past three days has led to the melting of large masses of snow, which, in turn, has caused floods and landslides in the northern part of Xinjiang. A number of areas of Xinjiang also suffered from snow and dust storms.
So far, the disaster destroyed over 20 thousand homes, killed more than 40 thousand heads of cattle. Direct economic losses of about 1.2 billion yuan / U.S. $ 176,400,000 /.
According to weather forecasts, to improve the situation in the near future is expected.
Sandstorms sunk to Hong Kong and Taiwan
Sand storms raging in China, reached Hong Kong and Taiwan. In Beijing and other cities, residents and tourists have covered their faces with scarves, going outside. Hangzhou Tourism graceful bridges covered with sand and dust. Over the South China hovering sand cloud.
Sand storms that struck China on Saturday, covered with sand, most cities in the country and made it to Hong Kong and Taiwan, reports Associated Press.
Overgrazing, deforestation, urban sprawl and drought have led to the expansion of deserts in the north and west. Now moved on to the shifting sands of populated areas, worse sandstorms get into the city, especially in spring.
On Saturday the wind blew sand across the country, from the Xinjiang region in the west to the east of Beijing. China's central weather station asking people to close doors and windows, and cover the face with a scarf or wear a mask if they go outside. It is preferable not to get in the street sensitive electronic devices.
Residents who visited these days on the street, it is advised rinse nose with salt water and clean the ears from the sand with a cotton stick moistened with alcohol.
Graceful bridges and coastal structures in the tourist city of Hangzhou covered with a bunch of sand and dirt. Beijing residents and tourists walk around with covered faces.
Sandstorm reached the island of Taiwan, which is located 160 km from China. According to the drivers, their machines gathering dust in ten minutes. From Sunday due to poor visibility closed the airport on a small island Matsu.
According to the environmental agency, the highest level of contamination observed in the south of Hong Kong. According to a local radio station for help physicians asked 20 elderly people who have difficulty breathing. Hong Kong authorities also urged residents to stay home if possible.
The most powerful sandstorm raged in China in 2006, when the winds brought down on Beijing to 300 tons of sand.
That's how things are weather and climate affairs in China today. Sand storms, storms and showers deliver a large number of local residents the hassle and problems. Benefit to our country there is no such element of revelry, the maximum that we should be wary of — the rain and wind. But with the bad weather is not too hard to handle. How this will help purchase an electric fireplace! It is very convenient to come home to warm weather like about this miracle of technology! And looking at the pouring rain outside the window you can enjoy the comfort created by this acquisition.