China paralysed by record snowfall: Millions without power

Friday, January 5, 2018
By Paul Martin

CHINA warned of a second wave of snow and sleet hitting northern, central and eastern parts of the country after record snowfall paralysed parts of the country.
Fri, Jan 5, 2018

The National Meteorological Centre lifted a blizzard alert and said light to moderate snowfall was expected to sweep across much of the north between Friday and Sunday, with heavy snow in some parts and sleet in others.

The weather bureau issued an alert on Wednesday, with snow disrupting public transport and energy supplies, damaging power lines and forcing authorities to shut down roads, airports and schools in parts of central China.

All power in Suizhou, a small city of 2.5 million people in the north of central Hubei province, was down due to heavy snow, state broadcaster China Central Television reported.

Temperatures in Suizhou are expected to plunge as low as minus 5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) on Friday.

Hubei, which does not have central heating infrastructure unlike northern provinces, has seen a spike in electricity consumption for heating, according to CCTV.

In Wuhan, capital of Hubei, the local government has loosened restrictions on gas use for residents battling freezing temperatures.

On Thursday, at least three airports were shut and nine were experiencing extensive delays because of heavy snowfall.

Several high-speed trains from Shanghai and Beijing were also delayed or cancelled on Thursday, and highways in the provinces of Jiangsu, Henan, Shaanxi and Hubei have also been closed off, the China Daily reported.

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