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Around China: Unusual heavy snow overwhelms northern grassland (2)


09:09, December 26, 2012

Herdsman Wang Jila said livestock have had nothing to eat once the iron disaster hit because the grass is frozen in the ice.

Wang has more than 100 sheep but they are suffering from a lack of food.

Local meteorological experts said parts of Xilin Gol League has more than 30 centimeters of snow and more than 90 percent of forage grass is covered.

Statistics from the regional local government said the snow disaster has affected more than 8.39 million people and 59.54 million livestock, and caused direct economic losses of more than 600 million yuan (96.2 million U.S. dollars).

Heavy snow has also disrupted traffic.

In Xilin Gol League, 73-year-old farmer Zhang Lanhua and his wife are forced to ride a donkey cart to the hospital in the town. Zhang's wife is sick and the shuttle bus service has stopped due to the weather.

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