Fruit, vegetable prices surge as blizzards cut off roads, damage crops after record snowfall paralyzed parts of the country.
7 Jan 2018 – “More than 45,000 acres of fruit trees, tea farms as well as greenhouses for vegetable have been damaged by freezing rains and snow,” the Ministry of Agriculture said, adding that wheat planting could be delayed due to the cold weather.
In northern Shanxi province, greenhouses for vegetables collapsed under the weight of snow, footage on state television showed on Sunday.
Parts of highways connecting Henan, Shanxi, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces were blocked after China was hit by a second wave of ice and snow in northern and central provinces.
All power in Suizhou, a city of 2.5 million people in Hubei province, was down due to heavy snow, state broadcaster China Central Television reported. Temperatures in Suizhou were expected to plunge as low as -5C (23F) over the weekend.
Hubei, which does not have central heating infrastructure like northern provinces, has seen a spike in electricity consumption for heating, according to CCTV.
China is now bracing for a 3rd wave of snow.
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