Heavy snow in
ENN.com, Jan. 21, 2008
BEIJING (Reuters) - Cold weather and heavy snow have struck unusually large swathes of central and eastern China, causing fatal accidents, bringing down power lines and destroying crops.
Eleven people were killed when an overloaded bus overturned on a snow-covered highway in eastern
The accident happened in
In the central
It did not say how the other nine died.
Six people were killed in
A major power line that carries electricity from the Three Gorges dam to
Crops covering at least 557,300 hectares (2,151 sq miles) and more than 11,300 houses had been destroyed, bringing direct economic losses in the two provinces to more than 1.8 billion yuan ($249 million).
About 300,000 passengers in
The National Meteorological Centre on Sunday issued an orange alert, the second highest on a scale of five, for more heavy snow in central and eastern parts of the country.
The State Council, or cabinet, on Monday issued an emergency order to local authorities telling them to ensure safe transportation, promptly fix disrupted utilities and make sure that there is an ample supply of food in affected areas.