Sun, January 22, 2012
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Hundreds rescued from blizzard in Xinjiang

2012-01-22 06:55:26 GMT2012-01-22 14:55:26(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

URUMQI, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Over 400 travelers stranded on a major road in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region were rescued Sunday, seven hours after being trapped by a sudden snowstorm.

Gales of 60 km per hour began to whip the Maytas section of Highway 201 at about 7 p.m. Saturday, picking up snow from the ground to form a blizzard, said an official from the Tacheng Prefecture Highway Bureau.

A total of 80 vehicles and 448 passengers were stranded for seven hours, until rescuers guided them to safe areas at about 2 a.m. Sunday, the official said.

The Maytas section of Highway 201 lies in a particularly wind-prone part of Xinjiang. In March 2011, 833 passengers were trapped 17 hours on the road after gusty winds turned into a blizzard.

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