Heavy snow has been blanketing parts of China for weeks now, and today, rescuers worked around the clock to reach a town that has been cut off.
They used heavy duty machinery to tunnel through the waist-high snow, but were still about two kilometres away from the town near the end of the day. The road to Xinjiang has been blocked off since March 1st, leaving residents of the town isolated since then.
An estimated 40,000 livestock are believed to have died as a result of the harsh winter weather, and since January, nearly one million people have been forced to leave their homes.
Still, heavy snow isn't the only concern. Temperatures are expected to climb into the teens by Friday, which could cause the snow to melt. As a result, there could be some serious flooding.
Xinjiang has seen exceptional amounts of snow this year, leading to estimated economic losses of about 46.8 million U.S. dollars.
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