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2/12/2008

More snow looms for China amid transport crunch

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A general view of a village near Pingshi, 199 miles north of China's southern city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province, two days before the Lunar New Year of the Rat February 5, 2008. More snowy weather was forecast for parts of China on Monday, threatening to snarl transport at the height of holiday travel and hampering the country's efforts to return to normality after its worst winter in decades. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

More snowy weather was forecast for parts of China on Monday, threatening to snarl transport at the height of holiday travel and hampering the country's efforts to return to normality after its worst winter in decades. China is expected to see railway traffic peak today. The travel crunch comes as China's transport systems are only just creaking back to life after freak cold and ice storms hit swathes of the country, causing billions of dollars in damage and killing at least 80 people. "The overall transport situation is still relatively grim, especially problems of capacity and demand emerging in railway transport." Sleet and snow was forecast for the already hard-hit southwestern province of Guizhou. Heavy snow could also hit the far-western provinces of Qinghai, Gansu and Sichuan, as well as Tibet, in the next few days. In most of the country, transport, power generation and food supplies were back to normal by the weekend after weeks of the unusually harsh winter weather.
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