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AFX News Limited
02.18.08, 4:39 AM ET
BEIJING (XFN-ASIA) – Icy temperatures have swept through south China, stranding 180,000 people and leading to widespread power cuts, just as the area was recovering from the worst weather in 50 years, the government said.
The latest cold snap has taken a severe toll in mountainous but usually temperate Yunnan province, struck by heavy snowfalls since Thursday, a government official from the provincial disaster release office told Agence France-Presse.
In Yunnan, 12 people have died, the official Xinhua news agency reported, and four remained missing as of Saturday.
In the province’s second largest city, Qujing, 80 pct of the 2 mln residents did not have electricity due to the most recent cold snap and the severe weather that first hit China in early January, the China Daily said.
The snowfalls over the past few days have cut off 14,000 kilometres of roads in Yunnan, stranding large numbers of people, the newspaper said, citing provincial transport authorities.
In Qujing, six highways have been closed while 42 bus routes have been cancelled, according to the China Daily.
‘As the bad weather continues, the rescue work is becoming much harder,’ said the official from the provincial disaster release office, referring to helping stranded passengers, clearing roads and getting power back up.
‘Among all the cities affected by the snow disaster, Qujing city suffered from the greatest economic losses,’ the official added.
Some 180,000 people were stranded in south China due to the latest weather troubles, the government and state media reported.
Usually warm and sunny Yunnan was one of the areas hard hit by the frigid weather in January and early February, which pummelled China’s south, southwest and east, in the worst winter weather seen in five decades.
The three weeks of severe weather left millions stranded, as the nation’s power and transport networks were unable to cope with the blizzards and sub-zero temperatures.