This Is What It Feels Like to Go Through a Severe Sandstorm in China

A serious sandstorm struck Gansu Province on March 31. (Image: Weibo.com)
A serious sandstorm struck Gansu Province on March 31. (Image: Weibo.com)

It sounds like a story straight out of a novel about a nuclear winter, but this is really happening in parts of China.

A serious sandstorm occurred on March 31 in the cities of Jiuquan and Dunhuang, Gansu Province, where the air was filled with acrid-smelling sand and the visibility dropped to less than 65 feet.

Mr. Wang, who lives in Dunhuang City, told Epoch Times what the awful experience was like:

“This was the largest sandstorm I have ever seen, and it was a lot worse than it had been earlier this year. There was a strong wind filling the air with choking sand, and the sky turned yellow.”

Then you check your watch, yeah it’s morning, but it feels like dusk.

“The visibility was extremely low so you couldn’t drive. Actually even if you stayed outside just a little while, your hair would get so dusty like you’d just come out of a brick kiln, with a mouth full of sand, and eyes feeling dry and rough. Wearing a mask didn’t help at all,” he added.

Even closing the windows and doors doesn’t provide escape from sandstorms. Wang said: “The atmosphere was foul and the house was full of dust like smoke.”

Local kindergartens and primary schools were closed due to the terrible storm, and workers went home at lunchtime. Famous tourist spots like Mingsha Mountain or Crescent Spring and the Mogao Caves were forced to close.

The storm was expected to last three days, according to Epoch Times.

The air was filled with acrid-smelling sand. (Image: Weibo.com)

The air was filled with acrid-smelling sand. (Image: Weibo.com)

The visibility dropped to less than 65 feet. (Image: Weibo.com)

The visibility dropped to less than 65 feet. (Image: Weibo.com)

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