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China issues alert as snow, cold wave disrupt commuters

Beijing, Dec 11 (EFE).- A cold wave hitting northern China including the capital Beijing, caused flight cancellations and traffic cuts Monday morning due to snowfall.

Between 7pm local time on Sunday (11:00 GMT) and 6am Monday (22:00 GMT on Sunday), 5.1 millimeters of snow fell on average in the capital, reaching 9.8 millimeters in the district of Fangshan, in the southwest of the city.

The country’s meteorological authorities issued a blue alert Monday for the cold wave, the lowest of four levels, and ordered local governments to take precautions.

According to local press reports, the snowfall caused the cancellation of 59 flights Monday morning in Beijing, while a total of 157 bus routes were suspended.

Outside the capital, provinces such as Shandong, in the east, or Shaanxi, in the center, also issued warnings due to the cold wave, which also left blizzards and snow in these areas.

Likewise, railway authorities suspended 112 passenger trains Monday heading to cities such as Beijing, Xiamen and Chengdu.

The snowfall also caused a multiple collision on a highway in Xinzhou prefecture, in the province of Shanxi, which left at least one dead and six injured.

Meanwhile, in the northeast, in the province of Heilongjiang, temperatures could reach -30C in the coming days, state agency Xinhua reported.

The snowfall also affected the central province of Henan, where classes were suspended in its capital, Zhengzhou, after 14.2 millimeters of snow fell, according to the city’s meteorological station.

Twenty two flights were also canceled and railway operations, including high-speed and intercity trains, were suspended. EFE

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