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1 killed after bus stops collapse in Anhui


A WOMAN was killed and more than 20 were injured after several bus stop shelters collapsed under the weight of snow in eastern China’s Anhui Province on Thursday, local media reported.

Several bus stop shelters on the BRT line along Wangjiang Road in Hefei, the provincial capital, collapsed in the morning, local news portal reported.

A 61-year-old woman, surnamed Wang, died. She was crushed by a falling shelter at around 8:30 a.m. “She didn’t run fast enough,” her husband said, according to the report.

The No. 3 People’s Hospital has received more than 20 people with injuries from the fallen shelters, most of them head injuries. Two have been hospitalized.

Local police have cordoned off other bus stops along Wangjiang Road as a precaution.

Anhui Province has been hit by a blizzard since Wednesday night. In the worst-hit Mingguang City, snowfall reached a record 30 cm as of 10 a.m. Thursday, and more than 30 counties and cities in Anhui saw heavy snowfall of over 10 cm.

The local weatherman has upgraded the snow warning from blue to orange.

In the country’s four-tier warning system, red is the most severe weather, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

In Central China’s Hubei Province, dozens of people were buried after the roof of a wet market in Anlu City collapsed under the weight of snow Thursday morning. They were rescued later.

The first snow of the new year hit large parts of central and eastern China on Wednesday.

The northwestern part of Hubei saw the first snowfall of 2018 on Wednesday. Meteorological authorities in the city of Shiyan issued an orange alert for blizzard Wednesday afternoon. The runway of a local airport was closed, and 14 flights were canceled.

In Central China’s Henan Province and northwestern Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, some highways were closed due to snow. Local buses in Ningxia were also affected.

On Thursday morning, snow on the roads of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan, had reached 5 cm. Cars lowered their speed while environmental workers began cleaning snow off the roads.

The province banned seven-seater and above vehicles from expressways from 7 a.m. Thursday, while some primary and middle schools in Xinyang City suspended classes Thursday and Friday.

In Hunan, several sections of expressways were temporarily closed or banned heavy-duty vehicles from entering.

Snow in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi Province in Northwest China, led to the delay of many high-speed trains.

The meteorological authority in Hunan said snow and rain are expected to continue until Monday.

China’s national observatory late Wednesday updated its alert for snow to the second-highest level, urging local authorities to take precautions regarding roads, railways, electricity supply and telecommunications.

It said central and eastern regions could expect widespread rain or snow in the next 10 days, while temperatures in northwestern areas and regions along the Yellow and Huaihe rivers will drop.