April 10, 2006

China police rescue 100 tourists from sandstorm

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police rescued more than 100 tourists
trapped in buses during a heavy sandstorm in China's remote
northwest, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

The storm swept up the desert sands on Sunday in the
Xinjiang autonomous region, leaving four buses stranded on a
highway across the Gobi Desert near the oasis town of Turpan.

"Twenty-one officers ... rescued the Chinese and foreign
tourists using military all-terrain vehicles," Xinhua said. "On
their way to the site, they also rescued 11 villagers from the

North China is hit by sandstorms every spring. Neighboring
South Korea suffered its worst "yellow dust" storm in four
years at the weekend, hit by sands originating in the Gobi.