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China launches emergency response to extreme winter weather


Tourists bundled up in Beijing, February 1, 2024. /CFP
Tourists bundled up in Beijing, February 1, 2024. /CFP

Tourists bundled up in Beijing, February 1, 2024. /CFP

China has launched a third-level emergency response to extreme winter weather, as central and eastern parts of the country are expected to be hit by widespread rain, snow and freezing weather in the next few days.

China Meteorological Administration (CMA) issued a blue alert, the lowest level, for blizzard on Wednesday morning as China's central and eastern regions will brace for a large-scale rain, snowstorms, and freezing weather starting from Wednesday to next Monday.

The severe winter weather will have a wider impact and a longer duration with heavier snow and rain, making it the strongest since 2009.

In the face of the complex winter weather across the country, the Ministry of Emergency Management on Wednesday activated the emergency response and sent two working groups along with personnel from other central government departments to central China's Henan and Hubei provinces for disaster prevention and control.

The widespread rain, snow and the cold front will bring temperatures in most parts of China to levels lower than usual this time, resulting in prolonged low temperatures in north China and the Yellow River-Huaihe River Basin.

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