Bliz­zards in China blan­ket vil­lages

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING — Bliz­zards in Ti­betan ar­eas of west­ern China have left thou­sands of head of live­stock dead and roads cov­ered in up to 18 inches of snow, state me­dia out­lets re­ported Satur­day.

Author­i­ties had sent vet­eri­nar­i­ans, medicine and an­i­mal feed to the hard-hit ar­eas in Qing­hai province’s Yushu Ti­betan area, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

Vil­lages are above 16,400 feet and work­ers were seek­ing to clear roads to en­sure the de­liv­ery of sup­plies, a task made more dif­fi­cult by high winds and drift­ing snow.

The mainly eth­nic Ti­betan vil­lagers de­pend heav­ily on yaks, goats and sheep for their liveli­hoods and to feed their fam­i­lies.

Harsh win­ters are rou­tine in the Hi­malayan re­gion that long fell within Ti­bet’s tra­di­tional bor­ders.

Snow also was ex­pected in other parts of north­ern and cen­tral China, lead­ing to some travel dis­rup­tions as mil­lions of Chi­nese re­turned home af­ter last week’s Lu­nar New Year hol­i­day.

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