In a rare move for a Chinese politician, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao apologized Tuesday to the hundreds of thousands of people stranded in train stations across his country due to bad weather and a power crisis.
The worst winter weather in half a century — combined with crippling power problems — nearly brought travel to a standstill for the millions who are trying to go home for the Chinese New Year holiday.
“I apologize to you all,” said Wen, using a bullhorn to address stranded travelers at a train station in Hunan province. “We are currently trying our best to repair the system.
Update: The BBC has posted a slideshow of the crowds of stranded travelers around the country. See also a report from the LA Times about the migrant workers who are trying desperately to get home to celebrate the New Year.