LHASA, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- The worst snowy weather
that has gripped the eastern part of Tibet Autonomous Region since Sunday has
worsened the situation in the October quake zones, but aid has been flowing into
Temperature in Damxung, an outer county in Lhasa, the
regional capital, and also the worst hit area by the 6.6-magnitude quake
ofOct.6, has dropped below zero degrees centigrade, after snow started to fall
Tibetan women receive relief zanba (roasted highland barley flour) from a
neighborhood committee of Lhasa in snow-covered Damxung County, southwest China's
Tibet Autonomous Region, Oct. 28, 2008. The worst snowy weather that has gripped
the eastern part of Tibet Autonomous Region since Sunday has worsened the
situation in the October quake zones, but aid has been flowing into the
region. (Xinhua Photo)
And it started to snow in Yangyi Village, a village
in Damxung of where nine residents died, 18 injured and 171 homes were destroyed
in Oct.6 quake, early Monday, and by late night the snow was four centimeters
"There is no doubt quake survivors in Yangyi will
pass a warm winter: there is ample supply of necessities for life, alongside a
good stock of fodders for sheep and cattle in winter, and of firewood and cow
dung for making fire and keeping warmth," said Zhang Yiquan, deputy chief of
Damxung County Government.
Civil affairs departments in the plateau region were
busy sending relief materials such as tents and foodstuffs to quake zones in
Lhasa, as well as those in Xigaze and Shannan, two other areas bordering Lhasa,
to make sure that quake survivors could spend the winter with places to live,
and food to eat and clothes to wear, said Ren Hongru, an official with the
relief operation section of the civil affairs bureau of Tibet.
Tibetan men clean up the snow around
relief tents in the snow-covered Damxung County, southwest China's Tibet
Autonomous Region, Oct. 28, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
According to Ren, Tibet Autonomous Regional
Government has allocated 9.2 million yuan (about 1.31 million U.S. dollars) in
emergency relief fund for quake survivors in Tibet to well spend the winter.
Relief materials sent to quake zones in Lhasa, Xigaze
and Shannan include 2,430 tents and 2,120 cotton quilts, said Ren.
"Local civil affairs departments were told to pay
close attention to disasters caused by the snowstorm, especially damage
situation in quake zones, and to do a good job of storing up and transferring
work so that relief materials could reach victims once disasters do occur," said
Tibet autonomous regional weather observatory claimed Tuesday the snowstorm that started to affect parts of Tibet Sunday was the worst of the kind since the plateau began to take weather records.
A Tibetan man cleans up the snow around relief tent in the snow-covered Damxung County, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Oct. 28, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
The snowy weather will continue in most parts of
Tibet, but it will be on the wane from Thursday on, according to a forecast
given by the regional weather observatory Tuesday.
The heavy snow has left two people missing and
blocked roads in many places in Tibet. Armed police are struggling to clear
roads to restore traffic.
An avalanche, plus a landslide occurred again at 10 a.m. Tuesday on the Sichuan-Tibet road which had 160 km of sections covered with snow as of 9 p.m. Monday, according to Chen Jun, a leading armed police officer who was at site to oversee the work for restoring traffic on the trunk road to Tibet.