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Parts of China welcome first snow of 2011

01-03-2011 14:18 BJT

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A severe cold front has spread across China, with the provinces of Shaanxi, Jiangsu, Gansu, Sichuan and Hunan provinces welcoming their first snow of 2011 on Sunday. The steep drop in temperatures caused havoc on roads, and left some residents without running water. Tom Fearon has more.

Heavy snow delayed inter-city bus services in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The station was busy fixing anti-skid chains to bus tires to ensure safety for the hazardous journey.

Bus Driver, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, said, "We've fixed anti-skid chains, and prepared sandbags and wooden boards to avoid the bus sliding."

Citizens take pictures of snow in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Jan. 2, 2011. The city witnessed the first
snow of 2011 on Sunday. (Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi)

Xi'an's long-distance bus station issued an emergency response. It also increased its services to ensure people's New Year holiday plans weren't jeopardized.

Elsewhere in northwest China, road transport in Gansu Province grounded to a halt due to the snow.

Fortunately for locals, the disruptions didn't dramatically affect food prices.

Du Mancan, Vegetable Wholesaler, said, "The price for vegetables from Sichuan has risen a little bit. But vegetables grown locally such as radish and Chinese cabbage, all stayed at the same price."

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