Snowstorms in China claim 13 lives

China, 13 people have been killed in heavy snowstorms in the eastern Anhui Province in the last three days. According to state-run Xinhua news agency, the worst snowstorms since 2008 have so far affected 1.06 million people in the province. The storms caused direct economic losses of 1.26 billion yuan and 790 million yuan of losses in agriculture. Nine cities including the capital of the province Hefei initiated emergency responses due to the snow. Xinhua said besides Anhui, provinces of Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu and Shaanxi have all suffered from heavy snow this week.

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