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Beijing flights cancelled after China's worst sandstorm in a decade
Beijing during the sandstorm
Beijing during the sandstorm Credit: Twitter Reproduction

More than 400 flights out of Beijing's two main airports were cancelled amid high winds and low visibility. The National Meteorological Center said Monday's storm had developed in the Gobi Desert in the Inner Mongolia Region.

With its mix of desert and grassy steppe, Inner Mongolia is particularly prone to extreme weather resulting from resource exploitation.

The National Meteorological Center forecasted the sand and dust would affect 12 provinces and regions from Xinjiang in the far northwest to Heilongjiang in the northeast and Tianjin's eastern coastal port city.

Suspected case of bubonic plague in China's Inner Mongolia region
Model of bubonic plague bacteria - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Model of bubonic plague bacteria - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Credit: Tim Evanson (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

A new case of bubonic plague was reported in the Chinese city of Bayannur, Inner Mongolia, located northwest of Beijing, leaving authorities on high-alert. According to the Xinhua news agency, a hospital alerted municipal authorities of the patient's case on Saturday.

The local government urges the population to take precautions to minimize the risk of human-to-human transmission and to avoid hunting or eating animals that could cause the infection.

Bayannur health authorities said: "At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city. The public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly,"