Worst Sandstorm in Years Shrouds Beijing in Orange Haze

Authorities issued an air pollution warning as a dust storm swept through Beijing on March 15, turning skies orange and causing visibility to plummet.

This clip, posted on Instagram by Maria Vladi, shows the orange sky as viewed from her apartment.

The sandstorm originated from south Mongolia, according to local reports.

China’s weather bureau said the dust storm was the worst to hit China’s north in 10 years. Real-time air-quality index data showed Beijing with a hazardous level of 999. Credit: Maria Vladi via Storyful

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