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Freezing temperatures in southern China have forced 58,000 people from their homes and caused about $200 million Cdn in economic losses, the government said Wednesday.
The evacuation came after ice and sleet collapsed the roofs of more than 1,200 homes across the southern regions of Jiangxi, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan and Guizhou, the Ministry of Civil Affairs reported.
Freezing weather has also damaged more than 121,000 hectares of crops, including cabbage and rice.
In Guizhou province, 22,800 people were forced out of their homes Tuesday, and drivers abandoned thousands of cars after ice-covered roads were closed, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Originally posted by Cygnis
reply to post by this_is_who_we_are
Crazy days indeed.
I don't know what else to say, we are seeing things that haven't been seen in my understanding of time and history, tho I am sure someone will pop in with links to events that happened a while ago.
Who knows tho, it's definitely different.
Wonder how wild of a ride we are in for, between the economy, potential wars, food shortages, and general chaos.. oh and don't forget aliens/UFOs. it will definitely be an interesting year on ATS.
Thanks for the news on China.
Originally posted by DarkRift
Last night on the news it was confirmed that Britain had the coldest December on record. Having lived with -7 for a month, January seems mild even though the temperatures are showing so low. Wonder what the summer will bring.
Originally posted by this_is_who_we_are
More bad news for the UK:
Met Office Issues Snow Warning For Northern Scotland
6 January 2011 Last updated at 01:27 ET
Severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for parts of northern Scotland.
The Met Office said December was the coldest month on record, with the average temperature -1C. The team, based in Traffic Scotland's control centre in Glasgow, was set up last month after the onset of severe weather which saw the coldest December in parts of Scotland since records began in 1910.
Snow to sweep across UK again, warns Met Office
Met Office forecaster Helen Chivers..."It will take until mid-week next week but we will have temperatures of 7C or 8C in the south"...
December 2010 was the coldest month in England and Wales since February 1986, experts said.
edit on 1/6/2011 by this_is_who_we_are because: additional