TRANSPORT PARALYZED BY BLIZZARD

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(0317 CR M03)TRANSPORT PARALYZED BY BLIZZARD DATELINE: March 17, 2011 LENGTH: 00:00:43 PIC Thousands of people are stranded in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region after a blizzard and sandstorm paralyzed traffic. Snow started to fall in northern Xinjiang late Tuesday. It turned into snowstorms around noon - and continued into Wednesday night. Local officials said that about 59 flights were delayed or canceled at the region's major airport. Three trains carrying more than 4,500 passengers were stranded and freeways were closed, leaving crowds accumulated in long-distance bus stations. The blizzard stopped in the early hours of Thursday morning. Local authorities were busy removing the snow in a bid to resume the traffic. Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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