No stranger to snow, on April 13, Harbin experienced its biggest snowstorm in five decades. By 11:00, the storm had dumped 28.8 mm of snow on the city – the biggest single day snowfall recorded since 1961. The blizzard has caused transportation problems, power and telephone line outages, and hampered farming and production, causing production losses and inconveniencing residents in the city.
Harbin’s Taiping International Airport was forced to close because of the snow storm. 48 flights were delayed and 2,400 passengers were delayed at the airport. Seven of Harbin’s major highways were closed and all public transit in and out of the city was temporarily unavailable. Some city buses also stopped operating, making it hard for residents to get around.
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