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Heavy snow and blizzards hit northeastern China

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China's northeastern provinces are enduring the country's third cold wave of the season since Saturday, November 20, 2021, with heavy snow and blizzards sweeping the region.

The most aggressive phase of the event hit the provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin on Monday, November 22. 

Schools and kindergartens were temporarily closed in Harbin, Jilin and other cities. 

22 highways in Heilongjiang have been sealed off and flights were canceled, CGTN reports.1

Snow accumulation over the period has reached record-high levels in some places in Heilongjiang.

As much as 42 cm (16.5 inches) of snow has already accumulated in the eastern city of Jiamusi.

A significant coldwave affected China during the first week of November, bringing the first major snowstorm of the season to much of the country's northern regions, including the capital Beijing.2

Record snowstorms have affected 58 000 agricultural facilities in northeast Liaoning Province alone. The province has witnessed extremely heavy snowstorms, rainfall, cold wave and strong winds from November 7 to 9. The storms damaged more than 37 000 ha (91 500 acres) of cropland in 58 000 facilities and affected a total of 4 836 livestock farms.3

Local authorities said they are rushing to ensure power and food supply while repairing damages in a region heavily affected by rolling power outages in September 2021.

China's coal crisis deepened mid-October as first cold weather of the season swept in from the north, causing coal prices to surge to new record highs.

Power rationing has already been in place in at least 17 of mainland China's more than 30 regions since September, forcing some factories to suspend production and disrupting supply chains.4

References:

1 Heavy snow hits China's northeastern provinces amid cold wave – CGTN

2 Major early-season snowstorm hits northern China – The Watchers

3 58 000 agricultural facilities in NE China's Liaoning affected by record snowstorms – The Watchers

4 China's energy crisis deepens, coal prices hit record high as cold weather sweeps in from the north – The Watchers

Featured image credit: CGTN (stillshot)

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