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Watch: flying tin roof knocks Beijing man off motorbike amid strong winds, sandstorm

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 May, 2017, 4:08pm
UPDATED : Monday, 12 June, 2017, 12:53pm

The sandstorms and strong winds in Beijing have caused much destruction and injured several people in the capital as the extreme weather condition continued to affect parts of China on Friday.

A man riding on a motorbike was thrown off his vehicle after he was hit by a large tin roof dislodged by strong wind, a video posted by the People’s Daily on its Twitter account showed.

The video showed the piece of metal sailing through the air moments before it slammed into the man, knocking him off his motorbike.

The footage was taken by a dashboard camera mounted in a car on the road during morning rush hour on Friday. It was unclear if the man suffered any injuries from the incident.

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In a separate incident also on Friday morning, a pedestrian in Haidian district was undergoing an operation for critical head injuries after being hit by heavy debris thrown into the air by strong wind, The Beijing News reported.

The wind uprooted several trees, which crushed vehicles as they fell, causing severe traffic jams in downtown areas. A Beijing cabbie also suffered head injuries after a falling tree smashed into his windshield, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Some shops across the city also reported broken windows.

On Friday afternoon, the capital’s air quality index had gone down to 410 from 905 the previous day. It remained on a hazardous level, however.

The severe dust and sandstorms were expected to descend on Shanghai in the afternoon and persist until Saturday. The dust and sand originated in Mongolia and were blown in by winds.