Intense blizzard strands 542 passengers in Xinjiang, China

Intense blizzard strands 542 passengers in Xinjiang, China

An intense blizzard hit the northwest Xinjiang, China on November 11, 2016, causing reduced visibility and major traffic disruptions in the region.

The blizzard reportedly caused between 0.6 and 1 m (1.96 and 3.28 feet) deep snow drifts and low visibility conditions on the highways in Maytas and Tiechanggou, Xinjiang in a period between November 11 and 12.

The stormy conditions have stranded 145 vehicles and 542 passengers. According to local highway official, a rescue operation lasted for 13 hours, and all the passengers were successfully evacuated.

According to Xinhua news agency, the region is well known for major blizzards and intense winds which often cause traffic disruptions, force road closures and leave people stranded.

Featured image: A major blizzard strands vehicles in Xinjiang, China, November 11 and 12, 2016. Image credit: Chinanews.com (@PDChina)

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