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Dust, sand cast heavy cloud over Shanghai

A BLANKET of sand and dust finally started to lift yesterday morning 14 hours after it hit Shanghai and enveloped many parts of the city.

The sand and dust came in on Saturday afternoon, fanned by a cold northerly front, and covered roofs, streets and vehicles.

An official from the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center said the haze started to lift at 6am and visibility was back to normal six hours later.

However, he said more dusty and sandy conditions were expected tomorrow.

The weekend dust and sand lifted pollution significantly, particularly in Jinshan District and the Pudong New Area, according to the daily air quality report by the center.

The Air Pollution Index reached 500 by 3:05pm yesterday, putting it at the top of the five-level indicator.

Least severe

Fu Yi, an official from the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, said that air quality would improve later in the week as the phenomenon was floating dust, the least severe form of weather-driven particles.

Center authorities suggested elderly residents and the infirm stay indoors in the short term.

Many Shanghai residents said their apartments were invaded by dust and sand.

Zhang Chizhi, 62, woke up at 5am on Saturday in suburban Jinshan District, stepped out to her balcony and found sand and dust covering her windows, screens, plants and laundry.

"I'd better cancel my daily morning exercise and wash my clothes again," said Zhang.


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