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Last Updated: Monday, 28 January 2008, 20:10 GMT
In pictures: China weather chaos

Cyclist rides in snow, Shanghai, 26 Jan 2008

China is facing transport chaos and power shortages after heavy snowfalls - in some places the worst for 50 years.

Bikes buried in snow in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, 28 Jan 2008

Roads have been blocked and airports closed, while power rationing has been introduced in 17 provinces as soaring demand depletes coal stockpiles.

Passengers wait for a bus, Nanjing, 27 Jan 2008

The cold snap has come as hundreds of millions of people are trying to travel to their home provinces to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Stationary trains at Hankou railway station, Wuhan, Hubei province, 27 Jan 2008

Many trains are stationary because of power cuts and blocked tracks...

Passengers wait at Hankou Railway Station, Wuhan, 27 Jan 2008

...leaving more than 100,000 people stranded at railway stations.

Worker shovels snow from collapsed car showroom, Wuhan, 28 Jan 2008

This car showroom is among 100,000 buildings that have collapsed. Another 400,000 have been damaged, state media reports.

A man moves a bike, Wuhan, 27 January 2008

More than 20 people have died in the cold spell since 10 January, and many more are thought to have died in accidents on the icy roads.

Chefs clear the street in Nanjing, 26 Jan 2008

Economic losses from the severe weather are estimated at some 18.2 billion yuan (US$2.5 billion, 1.7 billion), officials say.

Residents walk in a wood, Nanjing, 26 Jan 2008

Fourteen of China's 31 provinces have been hit, with nearly 80 million people directly affected.

Woman covers her face, Lanzhou, Gansu province, 27 Jan 2008

With more snow forecast, the misery looks set to continue.



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