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Traffic resumes on Sichuan-Tibet Highway after avalanche
10:06, March 02, 2009  

Traffic began flowing again on a highway linking Tibet with the neighboring province of Sichuan in southwest China on Saturday morning. It had been closed for three days as a result of avalanches Thursday.

Chen Jun, a police officer directing snow clearing work, said it took 300 policemen 30 hours to remove some 46,000 cubic meters of snow piled up on the road.


policeman (L) gives food and water to the people stranded by avalanche on a highway linking Tibet with the neighboring province of Sichuan in southwest China on Feb. 27, 2009. Traffic began flowing again on a highway linking Tibet with Sichuan on the moring of Feb. 28. It had been closed for three days as a result of avalanches Feb. 26. (Xinhua Photo)


The avalanches occurred between Tibet's Baxoi and Bomi counties,1.5 kilometers from the Midui Glacier, after continuous snow from Wednesday.

In some mountainous areas snow was 80 centimeters deep, Chen said.

No casualties has been reported, though many people and vehicles were stranded in Bomi County and Ra'og Township, Baxoi County.

Weather was clear on Saturday, but the Tibet Meteorological Bureau forecast another round of snowfall next week.


A snow remover helps to drag a stranded police vehicle (in white colour) to move forward on a snow-and-ice-covered part of a highway linking Tibet with the neighboring province of Sichuan in southwest China on Feb. 26, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)


A car is helped to move forward in the snow on a highway linking Tibet with the neighboring province of Sichuan in southwest China on Feb. 25, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)


Source: Xinhua

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