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Mongolia Issues Warning About Dust Storms

Mongolia’s National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring, has issued a warning about strong winds and dust storms.

Strong winds and yellow dust storms are expected to hit the country’s southern Gobi desert provinces such as Umnugovi, Dundgovi and Dornogovi, from Tuesday to Friday, the agency said on Monday.

The wind speed is expected to exceed 17 meters per second (about 61km per hour), according to the weather monitoring agency.

The agency warned the public, especially drivers and nomadic herders, to take extra precautions against possible disasters.

Mongolia has a harsh continental climate as strong winds, snow and dust storms are common in spring.

Climate change-related desertification is the main factor behind the increasing frequency of dust storms in Mongolia in recent years, according to the country’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

About 77 per cent of Mongolia’s total territory has been affected by desertification and land degradation, according to official data.

 

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