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China urges measures to cope with freezing weather

Updated: Jan 22,2016 10:04 AM     Xinhua

Snow-covered forests are seen in Xiaoshan district of Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang province, Jan 21, 2016. China’s National Meteorological Center announced a warning for snowstorms in southern China on the morning of Jan 21.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Local governments should take countermeasures to cope with a cold wave that has hit much of China, according to a circular issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) on Jan 21.

The cold air moving south has already brought heavy snow to regions along the Yangtze River, while cities in east and central China have seen temperatures drop by more than 10 degrees Celsius over the past few days.

A villager walks in snow in Xiaoshan district of Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang province, Jan 21, 2016. China’s National Meteorological Center announced a warning for snowstorms in southern China on the morning of Jan 21.[Photo/Xinhua]

In order to reduce damage caused by the weather, local governments should strengthen their cooperation with local police and civil administrations to aid the needy via inspections, according to the circular.

Temporary aid stations and shelters should also be set up in public areas where homeless people are likely to gather, MCA said in the circular.

Children and their parents appreciate the beautiful view, in spite of freezing cold air, in West Lake Resort Area on Jan 21, 2016 in Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang province. Hangzhou Weather Bureau issued a yellow snow storm warning one day earlier, and education authorities in Hangzhou have allowed students not to come to school.[Photo/Xinhua]

In addition, local governments must ensure their communication with other related departments, while food and supplies such as coats and cotton quilts must be guaranteed, the circular said.

The cold wave will linger in China for another couple of days, with temperatures in most affected areas expected to rise on Jan 25.

An electrician of local power grid tries to restore power supply in Xiaoshan district of Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang province, Jan 21, 2016. China’s National Meteorological Center announced a warning for snowstorms in southern China on the morning of Jan 21.[Photo/Xinhua]

A police officer directs traffic on a snow-covered road in Lushan Mountain Scenic Area in Jiangxi province on Jan 21, 2016. An emergency plan was launched by Lushan Traffic Police Group to ensure smooth traffic and road safety.[Photo/Xinhua]

Workers clean snow on the railways in Jiujiang, East China’s Jiangxi province, on Jan 21, 2016. Jiangxi Meteorological Bureau released blizzard blue warning on Jan 21. Nanchang Railway Bureau launched the contingency plan to deal with the bad weather and secure the transportation. [Photo/Xinhua]

Two citizens ride in the cold wind in Jinan, capital of East China’s Shandong province, Jan 21, 2016. Jinan Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow alert for a strong cold front on Jan 21. Temperature could drop by 12 degrees Celsius with strong wind, since the morning of Jan 22. [Photo/Xinhua]

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