Major Highway Reopened in China

After painstaking endeavors, the main north-south reopened in China, but heavy fog weather in southern part of China still added heavy workload and difficulties on transportations. From AP via International Herald Tribune :

China’s main north-south national highway reopened Monday after weeks of ice and snowstorms that throttled transport and disrupted food and fuel supplies during the country’s peak holiday season.

The restoration of traffic along the Zhuhai-Beijing highway should ease massive logjams that stranded millions of rail and bus passengers and triggered emergency plans to ensure deliveries of coal, water and food.

Rail service was also slowly returning to normal, although cold rain poured down on hundreds of thousands of travelers – most of them migrant workers – as they waited at the southern rail terminus of Guangzhou for trains to take them home for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Heavy fog decreased the visibility of highway in south China, from AFP via Inquirer.net :

Heavy fog descended Monday on large parts of southern China, complicating the task of helping millions of workers stranded by winter weather that in some areas is the worst in 100 years.

The fog reduced visibility to less than 100 meters (yards) in key provinces, as meteorologists warned a new wave of snow, rain and sleet likely would hit in the next two days, Xinhua news agency said.

At Guangzhou railway station in the south, where one woman was trampled to death in a stampede over the weekend, tens of thousands of people were desperately trying to get a train out before Thursday’s Lunar New Year holiday.

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