After several days of rain, the snow began to fall early on Tuesday, lowering the temperature to minus 3 to minus 4 degrees Celsius in the 7,800-square-km quake zone, according to the county meteorological station.
"My house has cracks and I dare not live inside any more," said herdsman Muzhali, who built a yurt in the courtyard in Ulugqat, one of four towns hit by the quake. The cold draft blew in from almost everywhere, leaving his wife with a cold.
"We need a cotton tent," said Tursun, 58, holding a three-month-old baby in her arms. Her family and another 20 villagers crowded in a temporary yurt without enough room to lighta fire.
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted the county on the evening of Oct. 5, affecting 7,645 people. More than 700 houses suffered structural damage, while four collapsed