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Heavy snow and icy rain continue to sweep southwest China, disrupting traffic and cutting water and power supplies.|
In Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, heavy snow and icy rain had as of Thursday caused 332 houses to collapse and forced the evacuation of 6,241 people, local civil affairs authorities said Friday.
The inclement weather has affected almost 3 million people, with some 15 power lines inoperable and 132 roads closed because of snow and icy rain.
In the neighboring province of Hunan, a blizzard that started Monday has affected nearly 10 million people, forcing the evacuation of 73,000, the Hunan provincial government said at a press conference Friday.
In Yueyang, Yongzhou, Hengyang, Huaihua and other areas, power has been cut to 27,82 wireless communication base stations, affecting about 89,000 mobile phone users.
In Chongqing Municipality, 357,000 people are facing water shortages after cold weather damaged 448 kilometers of water pipes.
In Guizhou province, temperatures increased a little Friday, and traffic on expressways across the province flowed.
But icy rain has hit 87 counties, cities and districts, affecting 7.49 million people and causing direct economic losses of over 3.9 billion yuan (592 million U.S.Dollar), provincial authorities said.
According to the Guizhou meteorological center, snowfalls hit most of the province Friday, and outdoor electric wires in 27 counties were coated with ice.
The National Meteorological Center (NMC) forecasts most regions in south and east China to experience more icy rain and snowfalls in the coming three days.
Local authorities in the affected regions have sent relief materials to affected residents and removed ice from roads.