In China, 406 persons evacuated from blizzard-hit highway

Last Updated: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 18:05

Beijing: Over 400 passengers stranded on a highway were on Monday evacuated to safety by rescuers after they were trapped in a blizzard in northwest China`s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

"The 406 passengers and 68 vehicles they rode in, were left stranded in Maytas and Tacheng by the blizzard with maximum wind speed of up to 90 km per hour yesterday," said Li Jiancheng, an official with the Tacheng Highways Bureau.

Li added that it took rescuers 13 hours to evacuate the trapped people and move their vehicles to safe areas early today.

The section of the highway has been shut down, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Maytas is known for strong gales and blizzards, which often leave passengers stranded and force the closure of local highways.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 18:05
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