An operation to save 11 rescue team members stranded by snow in
the Ngari Prefecture in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region
was underway on Saturday after they had been trapped for at least
The trapped were previously sent to save others stranded by the
snow but ended up stuck by the heavy snow. They were in good shape
for they had brought with them sufficient food and medicines.
Local police were removing the snow to get close to them.
Snow began hitting the area on Friday with the maximum depth
exceeding 30 centimeters.
Local police have rescued a total of 56 people and 18 vehicles
that were trapped in the area.
Traffic on the Ngari section of the mountainous highway linking
northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Tibet was still
blocked by the snow.
Local meteorologist said the snow would continue in the Ngari
Prefecture in the next few days.
Ngari Prefecture, with an average height of 4,500 meters above
sea level, is very sensitive to climate change because of its high
altitude on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
(Xinhua News Agency January 20, 2008)