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Heavy blizzard strands passengers in Xinjiang


08:58, December 16, 2011

URUMQI, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- A heavy blizzard hit Maytas fetch, in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, on Thursday night, trapping 27 vehicles and stranding 135 passengers, the local road bureau said.

The blizzard blocked the road as of 7:20 p.m., and visibility in the fetch was less than 2 meters, causing difficulty for traffic.

On receiving emergency calls,the Maytas rescue base has sent snowmobiles, snowploughs and other emergency rescue vehicles for help,according to a watch-keeper at the base.

After two and a half hours of rescue efforts, all the stranded passengers and vehicles are now safe. But the road section of Maytas is still closed for safety reasons.

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