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Icy weather and freezing rain continue to batter regions across Southern China. The wild weather is severely disrupting daily life. Our reporter looks at how people are coping and what measures are being taken by local governments.
This village in the western part of Hunan province in central China is home to several hundred people from the Miao ethnic minority.
For years, Yang lived a tranquil life, until the recent deep freeze turned her life upside down.
Power has been off for days. Crops are rotting because of the deep freeze.
And, to make things worse, the only water pipe in her house is frozen.
Now she has a difficult journey each day just to get the most primary need.
Reporter: The road seems slippery.
After walking for half an hour, Yang finally arrives at a well.
Reporter: So you get water here.
Resident: This is the nearest one. The other one is very far away.
Reporter: Is the water drinkable?
Resident: Yes. But just barely.
Yang's house isn't the only one in the village with neither water nor power.
And in the whole prefecture, more than 500-thousand residents have been severely affected by the freezing rain.
Most of them are scattered in high altitude areas, difficult to be reached by rescue teams.
Despite that, the local authorities are busy delivering relief goods to every house. Efforts are also being made to restore traffic routes.
21 million yuan has been spent so far to purchase clothes and food for locals.
The New Year's Day cold snap has also left several other provinces in southern China covered in ice.
For people living in those areas, the snow is by no means making things enjoyable.
And all they want is to have thing go back to normal.