While heavy snow continues to hit central, eastern and southern
China, welfare lottery management centers have made cash and goods
donations to residents of disaster areas, the Ministry of Civil
Affairs said on Sunday.
Centers in central Hunan Province bought biscuits, bread and
mineral water valued at 40,000 yuan (5,560 U.S. dollars) to
distribute to drivers and passengers stranded on the Beijing-Zhuhai
Expressway. That highway, which is the southern section of China's
north-south artery road, was jammed in both directions on Sunday
morning as freezing rain continued falling and increased the ice
Centers in central Hubei Province bought cotton-padded coats,
quilts and bed sheets valued at 1.2 million yuan to donate to
11,666 households, while centers in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous
Region donated 500,000 yuan.
(Xinhua News Agency February 4, 2008)