Mixed messages from China’s state-run media today on the resumption of electricity in the wake of this month’s catastrophic southern snow storms. First is a rah-rah report from China Daily, “Full power returning to snow-hit regions,” written in dramatic language usually reserved for stories on the country’s economic progress:
As of Saturday, the Southern Power Grid has lifted 23.28 million people from darkness, accounting for 88.9 percent of the total number suffering from the power outages, statistics from the disaster relief and emergency command center under the State Council showed.
The buildup of deadly gases, flooding and unstable power supply at the mines could all cause problems, a statement posted on the website of the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) said.
“Because of the effects of the weather, many coal mines lost power and had to shut. Others closed over the Lunar New Year holiday, and small mines are starting to open again after the vacation, putting huge pressures on safety,” it said.
“The safety situation is much more serious than in previous years.”
[Image: Workers restore a power line in Jiangxi, by Xiong Bo, China Daily.]