As the Chinese New Year approaches, millions- many of whom are migrant workers – are travelling back home for the holiday.  But thousands are stranded due to the heaviest snow in years in many major cities.  Power plants are over-stretched, transport system crippled, people are stressed and impatient – and rightly so.   

Some statistics collected by the South China Morning Post: 

” 77.86 million people affected, according to official figures

53 people killed, including 29 in bus crashes in Guizhou and Gansu

89 coal-fired power plants have coal supplies down to alarm level; 18 million kW of power generation capacity down due to coal shortage

126 million yuan allocated to six provinces for disaster relief

158,000 PLA troops and armed police and 303,000 paramilitary members have joined the anti-snow campaign. Almost a million police have been deployed

178.6 million passengers are expected to travel from January 23 to March 2, up from 156 million last year; at least 300,000 are stranded in Guangzhou

6.86 million hectares of crops in 16 provinces damaged

80 flights between Hong Kong and the mainland cancelled or delayed as of 3pm yesterday”

I really hope the power crisis can be solved as soon as possible, so that people can go back to their families in time for the new year.