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All affected airports reopen after snow disaster
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An airport in the southwestern province of Guizhou resumed operation on Friday, marking the normalization of China's entire airport services after disruption by snowstorms.

Liping airport in Guizhou reopened at noon after ice thawed from runways and other weather conditions recovered, according to the airport administration.

Another small airport in Tongren reopened on Wednesday noon.

The two feeder airports were closed on Tuesday because of thick layer of ice and frozen snow in the flying zones.

All other snow-affected airports and most of the highways in other parts of the country had reopened over the past days when the severe weather eased.

Soldiers of Armed Police clear up piles of snow at the Hongqiao airport in Shanghai, east China, Feb. 2, 2008.

The snow havoc had affected more than 100 million people, and killed at least 80 others.

The freezing weather also disrupted transport and power services across a large swathe of the country's southern, central and eastern regions.

Direct economic losses hit 80 billion yuan (11 billion U.S. dollars), and Chinese insurance companies have paid 917 million yuan (128 million U.S. dollars) to meet claims from snow-stricken victims by Wednesday.
(Xinhua News Agency February 8, 2008)

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