China Snow Crisis Turns Deadly

Wild weather continues to strand thousands, cripple power supply
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2008 7:46 AM CST
In this photo released by the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, Premier Wen Jiabao, left, speaks by a loudspeaker to the stranded passengers at the Railway Station of Changsha in central China's Hunan...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – China’s record snowstorm has killed at least 25 people when the bus they were riding in careened off a slick mountain road in the southwestern province of Guizhou, reports Reuters. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today visited hordes of stranded train passengers in Hunan province, and the government urged migrant workers not to travel to next week’s Lunar New Year until the worst snowstorm in 50 years abates.

Power plants are low on coal supplies due to blocked roads and railways, and plants have cut power to many industrial and residential clients in the worst power crisis in history. Over 20,000 vehicles are stranded on the Guangdon-Hunan road, and 6,500 flights have been cancelled.