Chenzhou, worst hit by the snow storm in central Hunan Province,
is now connected with the provincial power grid, and its four
million residents are likely to see power, water supply resume
According to a meeting chaired by provincial governor Zhou Qiang
early Wednesday morning, the city's power system was successfully
wired to the provincial grid at 0:16 Wednesday morning.
With the help of electricians from across the country,
servicemen and armed police forces now working here, power will be
resumed step by step in the urban area of the city Wednesday, said
Huang Qiang, deputy general manager of the Hunan Provincial Power
More than 5,000 electricians, including 2,000 summoned from
other provinces, were struggling to repair damaged power lines and
About 1,000 pylons and poles have collapsed under the weight of
ice and snow, which means the local electricity grid that took
decades to construct had been totally destroyed.
Road traffic was in chaos in the city as traffic lights were not
working. People queued in front of the few banks with generators to
Chenzhou residents have to collect coal and charcoal to warm
themselves, which caused the prices to surge tenfold.
(Xinhua News Agency February 6, 2008)