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Winter Storm Chaos Grips China

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Passengers wait for delayed trains at the Guangzhou Railway Station in Guangzhou, in south China's Guangdong province Monday, Jan. 28, 2008. Over 500,000 passengers have been stranded in Guangzhou after heavy snow in provinces to the north created havoc with transport networks. (AP Photo/Color China Photo)

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Deadly winter storms — the worst in five decades — showed no signs of letting up Tuesday in China, where cities were blacked out, transport systems were paralyzed and a bus crash on an icy road killed at least 25 people during the nation's busiest travel season.

The extreme weather — blamed for 54 deaths in the past two weeks — was walloping China as the country began one of the world's biggest annual mass movements of humanity: the Chinese New Year festival. Before the storms, railway officials estimated that a record 178.6 million people — more than the population of Russia — would travel by train for the holiday, which begins Feb. 7.

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