China Battles Third Week of Storms

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China's entering its third straight week of crippling snow storms. It is the worst winter weather to hit China in 50 years.

Millions are still trapped at railway stations. Although some rail lines are back up and running, at other stations, the situation is desperate.

"It only used to take two days to go home by train, now it takes five or six days," stranded worker Niu Zhong Ping said.

The snowstorms have come during the largest annual migration in the world, with more than 180 million people trying to get home for the Chinese New Year.

Nearly six million travelers are stranded through out china. Many are left with little food and water.

"My son and I have been waiting here for a day and a night," Chinese traveler Chen Haoging said.

The Chinese government estimates the economic losses for work stoppage, destroyed homes and damaged crops to be $7.5 billion.

One of the worst hit cities in China is Guangzhou. The city has no electricity, running water, and is facing shortages of coal and food supplies.

The local population of 4 million is in desperate need of assistance.

Christian Organization Provides Help

Operation Blessing is there offering help to those most at risk: the elderly, the sick and the poor. The Christian relief organization is also helping an orphanage, working hand in hand with other response agencies and churches in the Chenzhou area.

So far OB has been warmly received by officials in the Chenzou region. Government leaders, including the assistant of the mayor of Chenzhou understand OB's intention to focus on immediate disaster response, particularly "at risk" populations. 

OB has also contacted three churches who are eager to help with relief plans. They have targeted 22 potential elderly care homes, and have purchased medicines for orphans and elderly care homes.

Several million people have lost power now for more than 10 days during very cold weather.

If you would like to be part of the relief effort to those in need in the China contact Operation Blessing at 1-800-759-0700 or click here.

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