Image: Police and soldiers stand guard as tens of thousands of passengers crowd Guangzhou Railway Station. Slideshow: Blizzards hit China
GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Millions of Chinese faced a humanitarian crisis on Friday, as petrol and food reserves dwindled and yet more bad weather was forecast for a country paralyzed by record-breaking cold and snow.
More than 160 counties and cities in central China were suffering blackouts and water shortages,"Many trees are severed and power lines have collapsed. It's like we have experienced an air raid or lost a battle," a Chenzhou hotel worker told Reuters by telephone. "It is a complete mess. We are hungry and cold. said, including Chenzhou, in Hunan province, a city of 4 million that has been without power and water for more than a week.