Wednesday, January 30, 2008

China in lockdown as weather worsens

BEIJING, China (CNN) -- China's worst winter in more than half a century showed no signs of abating Wednesday as forecasters told citizens to brace for three more days of snow and sleet. "The heavy snow and sleet has paralyzed transport and coal shipments, and led to travelers cramming railways stations and airports and power supply reductions in almost half of the 31 provinces and regions on the Chinese mainland," China's Xinhua news agency reported.
Meanwhile, China's Civil Affairs Ministry said the cost of the storms to the Chinese economy had reached $4.5 billion.

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