Many have seen the once-in-50-years magnitude of this year’s snowstorms that hit central and south China, yet the consequences have yet to be felt in the years, even decades, ahead, according to China Daily:
The freezing weather that hit Guangdong around the Lunar New Year caused serious damage to natural resources in the north of the province, authorities have said.
At the Nanling National Nature Reserve, one of the most important conservation zones in South China, 90 percent of its 52,000 hectares of forest were destroyed, Gong Yuening, a director of the reserve, said.
The ecological condition of the region has been terribly damaged, he said.
“It will take three or four decades for it to recover.”