A heavy sandstorm with dust clouds towering at least 100 metres (330ft) high hit China’s Dunhuang city on Tuesday.
A CCTV footage from across the region is doing rounds on social media.
The videos showed a huge wall of sand slowly swallowing high-rise buildings and highways, causing chaos.
It struck around 3 pm, authorities issued a ‘yellow warning’ and local police helped directing traffic and ordering drivers to pull over until the storm had passed.
According to the regional meteorological department, the lowest visibility was reduced to 791 metres, Xinhua reported.
“I couldn’t see the sun,” resident surnamed Zhang told local media Jimu News. He added that the city, which is a famous tourist destination located on the Silk Route, had not experienced such a sandstorm in several years. “At first, I was en