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Yanqing counting cost of blizzard

By Zhang Zihan (Global Times)

10:44, November 07, 2012

Residents of Yanqing county are still suffering the aftereffects of the weekend's blizzard, which has left 57 villages without power and affected over 7,000 people, a media officer from the county, who would not give his name, confirmed Monday.

Getting aid to the stricken county has been hampered by blocked highways.

While the occupants of some 700 cars who were trapped on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway have been transferred to Beijing, according to the Legal Mirror, the highway is still blocked in the direction of Beijing to Yanqing. Roads are open in the other direction, and trains are operational after some cancellations.

There has as yet been no accounting of the economic losses to the county, the media officer said.

Gao Yongjie, 40, from Xiangying village in Yanqing said the blizzard spoiled the grape vines in his village.

"More than 121 hectares of grapes have been buried in snow, that's a loss of probably 25,000 kilograms of fruit, worth 5 million yuan ($800,000)," said Gao.

The village water supply was cut off, and trees cut power lines, said Gao.

"But the government sent people to fix them quickly, so our lives were not affected," he said.

Wu Yanhong, 25, who works for Zhangshanying township government, said that although water supplies in the town were cut off on Sunday, they had been restored by Monday.

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