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    Cold Snap Continues Across China


    by NTDTelevision

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    Frigid temperatures continue across China today. Snow and ice have damaged electricity poles and crops in some provinces. And severe weather warnings have been issued across 11 provinces.

    Freezing temperatures has brought ice, snow and chaos to much of eastern and southern China, paralyzing highways, cutting power and damaging crops.

    Thick ice caused a six-mile pile-up on a major stretch of highway in southeastern Guangdong Province on Thursday.

    Snow and ice have damaged electricity supplies, cutting almost 500 lines in eastern Zhejiang Province alone.

    Farmers in Xiaoshan in Zhejiang rushed to collect crops before they were ruined by the heavy snow.

    In Fujian Province, snow weighed down and collapsed poly tunnels, crushing precious produce.

    [Flower Farmer, Fujian Province]:
    "It has crushed over 20,000 seedlings that would have been sold. Our loss is very serious, several hundred thousand yuan."

    It's a loss that's equal to tens of thousands of U.S. dollars.

    A heavy, low-lying fog blew across China's northwestern port of Dalian on Friday, grounding over 1,000 fishing boats.

    State media reported that ice sheets have started to form off China's northern coastline as the seas begin to freeze.

    The cold weather, which started on December 11, has led to extreme weather warnings in 11 provinces across the south and east.