China on blue snowstorm alert until Sunday : 13 dead, estimated loss of $78.6 mn reported so far

Beijing: China has maintained its blue alert for intense snowfall in the central parts of the country, which has so far killed 13 people, the National Meteorological Centre said on Saturday.

The NMC issued a blue snowstorm alert, the least severe of its four-tiered alert system after red, orange and yellow, for both Saturday and Sunday.

rescuers checking a stranded truck that was caught in a traffic jam on Badaling highway in the suburb of Beijing during an unusually early snowstorm. AFP

Rescuers check a stranded truck caught in a traffic jam on Badaling highway in Beijing during an unusually early snowstorm. AFP

The agency said it expected blizzards to dump 4 to 8 centimetres of snow in parts of Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan, Anhui and Hubei provinces and some areas could be hit with more than 10 centimetres, Xinhua news agency reported.

The NMC warned residents of the affected areas to stay indoors and asked authorities to take precautionary measures for roads, highways and electric and telecommunication systems.

The first snow of 2018 affected large parts of northwestern, central and eastern China since Wednesday, killing at least 13 people and damaging houses, agriculture and power facilities, according to local authorities.

The affected area was spread over 13,100 hectares of farmland, out of which more than 900 hectares had been destroyed, causing an estimated loss of $ 78.6 million.

Updated Date: Jan 06, 2018 16:33 PM

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