Tue, January 04, 2011
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Frozen weather paralyzes SW province

2011-01-04 15:40:48 GMT2011-01-04 23:40:48 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

A man walks on ice-covered farmland in Kaiyang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, Jan 4, 2011.[Photo/Xinhua]

Power lines are coated in ice in Kaiyang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, Jan 4, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

A communication station is covered by heavy snow in Kaiyang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, Jan 4, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Ice-covered plants are seen roadside in Kaiyang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, Jan 4, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

People shovel snow by the road in Kaiyang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, Jan 4, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Ice-covered roads and plants are seen roadside in Kaiyang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, Jan 4, 2011.

The province has been battling freezing weather since Dec 31, which is affecting more than 160 million residents and causing a direct economic loss of more than 70 million yuan ($10.62 million). Icy roads are causing traffic gridlocks. Provincial weather authorities have launched an emergency response plan for disaster relief work.

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