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Sandstorms, cold wreak havoc in northwest China

Sandstorms and plunging temperatures brought by a severe cold snap in northwest China have damaged crops, killed livestock and affected five million people. Freezing weather since Thursday in northwestern Xinjiang had "wreaked havoc", causing an economic loss of about 5 billion yuan ($714 million). The disaster affected 473,733 hectares of crops, or 69% of the total in the region, and 411,466 hectares of fruit trees." About 103,500 livestock were killed, and another 3.25 million "injured or lost." The cold snap coincided with the early arrival of China's typhoon season. Typhoon Neoguri slammed into China's southern island province of Hainan at the weekend, causing power cuts and leaving 18 fishermen missing.
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