Heavy Snow Storms Cause Power Outages for 640,000 Chinese Residents

HEFEI, China, Nov. 19 (UPI) — More than 640,000 people in east China’s Anqing City have suffered power outages due to unexpectedly heavy snow this week, the local power company said.

Almost 115,600 people still had no power by Thursday afternoon, Hu Xiaoyan, press officer with the Anqing Municipal Electric Power Company, told the official Xinhua news agency.

The rare heavy snow brought down power poles and transmission lines, paralyzing electric water pumps and causing drinking water supply problems in some villages in Tongcheng City, the worst-hit region in Anqing.

The rare snowfall caused 37.51 million yuan ($5.49 million) in economic losses to the urban and rural power systems, the company said.

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