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Great Wall snowstorm survivors treated in N China


08:32, November 07, 2012

Photo taken by a mobile phone shows a Japanese tourist (C) being saved from a snowstorm in north China's Hebei Province, Nov. 4, 2012. Four Japanese tourists, accompanied by a Chinese tour guide, became trapped by a snowstorm on a snow-covered mountain in Hebei on Nov. 3. Three Japanese tourists who went missing have been confirmed dead, local authorities said Monday. (Xinhua/Gong Zhihong)

SHIJIAZHUANG, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Two survivors of a snowstorm that left three Japanese tourists dead in north China over the weekend were transferred to a county hospital on Tuesday for further examination, local authorities said.

The two people, including a 59-year-old Japanese woman and a 25-year-old Chinese man who works for a Japanese travel agency, are suffering from frostbite but are in stable condition, according to the government of Huailai county in north China's Hebei Province.

The bodies of the three dead were taken to the county funeral home Tuesday, local officials said.

County police received a report at 11:15 p.m. Saturday stating that five people had become trapped on the Great Wall near the village of Hengling after a strong snowstorm swept north Beijing and neighboring Hebei.

The county government immediately dispatched 40 people, including medical personnel, to search for the trapped.

Jing Qingyu, the county's Communist Party of China (CPC) chief, said 20 military personnel and four vehicles were dispatched early Sunday morning to aid in rescue efforts.

Rescuers found the two survivors Sunday. The bodies of the three deceased were retrieved Monday.

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