Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) speaks by
a loudspeaker to the stranded passengers at the Railway Station of
Changsha in central China's Hunan Province on Jan. 29, 2008. (Xinhua
BEIJING, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- China is waging all-out
war against the disasters caused by heavy snow and rain in the southern
provinces, with military forces and police officers getting involved.
Top state leaders are also supervising disaster
Chinese President Hu Jintao chaired a meeting of the
Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC)
here on Tuesday to study the damage inflicted by icy rain and heavy snow and
plan future work.
The politbureau urged local authorities to regard
disaster relief as the "most pressing task" and make "all-out efforts" to ensure
normal production and life in areas hit by the extreme weather in the past half
Premier Wen Jiabao rushed to Hunan to help with
disaster relief work following an unprecedented snowfall. He promised passengers
stranded in the railway station in Changsha, capital of the province, that they
would all be home for the Spring Festival.
The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Youth
League (CCYL) issued an emergency circular, urging local CCYL organizations at
different levels to do everything possible to help areas affected by heavy snow
over upcoming weeks.
The circular urged members of the All-China
Federation of Youth, young entrepreneurs and young rich people in rural areas to
contribute money and goods to the affected areas.
Staffs clean snow on a railway bridge in
east China's Jiangxi Province Jan. 29, 2008. Local authorities took
efforts in combating snow-inflicted disasters and reducing the negative
impact to the least extent as volatile weather continued to rage the
region. (Xinhua Photo)
The People's Liberation Army (PLA)'s Department of
General Staff and General Political Department issued a joint circular on
Monday, ordering troops in affected areas to join the anti-snow battle in
collaboration with local governments.
So far, 158,000 PLA troops and the Chinese People's
Armed Police (PAP) and 303,000 paramilitary members have joined the anti-snow
Nearly 1 million police have been dispatched to keep
traffic in order on China's congested highways and bridges since heavy snow hit
the country earlier this month.
So far, the ministry has allocated 4.6 million yuan
(639,000 U.S. dollars) to Guizhou, Anhui, Hunan, Henan, Hubei, Jiangxi and
Guangdong Provinces to subsidize the police working in the front line.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs and Ministry of Finance
on Tuesday allocated 98 million yuan to four rain- and snow-hit areas.
A vessel of Changjiang National Shipping
Group load coal for transport in Wuhan Port, central China's Hubei
Province, Jan. 28, 2008. Eight vessels fully loaded with coal left Wuhan
Port for the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River to meet the
urgent demand of coal of power plants along the river on Tuesday. Due to
the continual snowfalls and difficult transportation, most power plants
along the river began to run short of coal in recent days. (Xinhua
The aid was given to Anhui, Jiangxi and Guizhou
Provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, according to the ministries.
At present, the two ministries have provided 126
million yuan in aid to six provinces and an autonomous region hit hard by icy
rain and heavy snow.
Heavy snow had killed 24 people and affected 77.86
million people in 14 provinces, including Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei and Hunan, by 2
p.m. on Monday. The China Meteorological Administration issued a red alert
earlier that day for severe snowstorms in the central and eastern parts of the
China's Politburo meets on extreme
Premier Wen rushes to Hunan Province
to direct disaster relief work
China allocates another $13.5 mln to
aid snow-hit areas
CPC: Disaster relief, "most pressing
task" for local authorities
Chinese army goes all out to fight
against snow chaos
Nearly 1 mln police work to ease
traffic chaos in snow
Migrant workers advised to stay in
cities for Spring Festival