Heavy snow leaves 6,000 passengers stranded in Xinjiang

08:03, February 25, 2011      

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Heavy snows hit northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Thursday, leaving more than 6,000 passengers stranded at a coach terminal in the capital city of Urumqi.

Both of the two highways running through Urumqi were closed after snow hit large parts of the region on Wednesday, said a spokesman for the traffic police group under the region's Public Security Department.

The accumulated snow on highways reached 30 mm, and it had frozen due to wind speeds of up to 60 km/h. More than 100 trips were delayed or canceled, the spokesman said.

The traffic department has sent police vehicles to lead coaches to deliver stranded passengers.

Train services were suspended to avoid gust until Thursday night, and 22 trains were affected, according to Urumqi Railway Bureau.

The weather department of Xinjiang said that snow would continue to hit major parts of the region on Friday with wind speeds of up to 80 km/h.

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