Snow Causes Environmental and Social Disaster in China

While we worry about foreclosures and the price of gas, it seems like there is a disaster unfolding in China that is almost un-reported in the West.

Snow disaster leaves 1.6 mln people frostbitten in NW China province _English_Xinhua

Severe snow disasters have left 1.65 million people snowblind and frostbitten, 500,000 livestock and wildlife dead and 3.1 million others on verge of starvation in Tibetan prefectures of northwestern Qinghai Province. Since October last year, consecutive low temperature had gripped the province. The temperature plunged to minus 36.3 degrees centigrade, the record lowest in January in the province, said the provincial meteorological bureau.

I’m sceptical of anything published in China, but this one is troubling. Check out some of the photos and video on this page. Sure it’s propaganda, but the scale of effort required is huge.

To me this sounds far worse than the New Orleans disaster of a few years ago, but being in China… well it doesn’t make the news unless it’s a nuclear test right?

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Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.