Heavy blizzards in China: Highest snowfall in 116 years


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Some parts of north-eastern China experienced heavy blizzards which brought record snowfall in the region. This further raised concerns about keeping homes warm in the areas affected by power outages at the beginning of this year.

The Liaoning province, in the capital city of Shenyang, received an average rainfall of 51cm (20 inches).

This is the highest recorded snowfall since 1905, said state outlet Xinhua.

In Mongolia, one person died and more than 5,600 people were affected due to the snowstorm.

According to the Meteorological researchers in the Mongolian city of Tongliao, the snowstorm was a tremendously random and unexpected risky weather incident.

About 27 red alerts were issued across Inner Mongolia and north-eastern China – the highest warning alert for snowstorms.

Due to cold waves that began on Sunday – the temperature fell by at least 14 degrees in some parts of north-eastern China.

Heavy snowfall had severely affected the traffic in the Liaoning province. Almost all the expressway toll stations were closed as of Tuesday.

Apart from that, train and bus stations also remained shut, except for those in the cities of Dalian and Dandong.

Moreover, the authorities said they were increasing efforts to keep homes warm by raging up coal imports and maximising energy production capacity.

It also admonished markets and grocery stores to upsurge food supplies and reduce prices.

The north-eastern part of China was among the main areas affected by rolling power outages in September this year, with rising costs contributing to a short supply of coal, said local media outlets.

But though the power crisis has alleviated, China’s State Grid Corp had earlier still cautioned of an “overall tight balance with partial gaps” between power supply and demand through the winter.

China is highly dependent on coal for power, though Chinese leader Xi Jinping has vowed that his country will reach the topmost carbon emissions within nine years.



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