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Heavy dust storm enshrouds Beijing

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Beijing (AFP) May 20, 2008
A heavy sandstorm hit Beijing Tuesday, shrouding the Chinese capital in a cloud of yellow dust and hampering visibility, the local environmental department said.

Clouds of dust were being blown in from neighbouring Inner Mongolia and Shanxi province as a cold front moved in from the north, the Beijing environmental protection bureau said on its website.

It was the third such dust storm to hit the capital so far this year, the bureau said.
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