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China declares national emergency due to low temperatures

China declares national emergency due to low temperatures

The Ministry of Emergency Management of China In the last few hours, the national emergency protection level IV has been activated due to disasters caused by low temperatures, rain, Snow and frost in the central provinces of Hubei and Hunan.

The ministry called on local governments to provide assistance to people affected by bad weather and reported dispatching equipment to ensure power supply and remove snow and ice, the official Xinhua agency reported today.

Authorities also assured that they had sent 20,000 relief items, including cotton blankets, to Hunan province.

In recent days, the cold and blizzard led to the temporary closure of dozens of highway stretches in Hubei and Hunan, leaving thousands of drivers trapped trying to return to their places of origin to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar .

In addition, bad weather in recent days caused the cancellation of 2,000 trains in central China.

Local media recalls that there has not been such a bad weather forecast since 2008, which coincided with the peak travel season to mark the Lunar New Year, which will last until March 5, and during which Chinese people traditionally return to their places of origin to celebrate the holidays The main date this year falls on the night of February 9th, which marks the beginning of the lunar new year.

9 billion trips are planned during the holidays, a record number.

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