The Chinese city of Dunhuang, located near the Gobi Desert, was covered by a hundred-meter sand wave. This is reported by South China Morning Post.
“I didn’t see the sun anymore<…> At first there was yellow dust around me from a sandstorm, then it turned red, and then finally black,” a local resident told the Chinese newspaper Jimu News.
Dunhuang is a small (about 180 thousand inhabitants) city in Gansu province. In ancient times, Dunhuang served as a gateway to China for traders coming to the country along the Great Silk Road. Near the city, there is a Buddhist cave temple complex Magao built in the IV century.
Sandstorms are a natural phenomenon that is not uncommon for Gansu. Most often, clouds of dust and sand envelop this area in the spring.
Earlier, in the US state of Utah, 7 people were killed in major accident-20 cars — due to a dust storm.