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China faces weather chaos

CHENZHOU, China (Reuters) - Emergency crews struggled on Saturday to restore power to parts of southern China blacked out for a week by heavy snow as forecasters warned of no quick end to the worst winter weather in 50 years.

Mobilising the might of the state, China has deployed more than 300,000 troops and nearly 1.1 million militia and army reservists to get traffic moving and ensure power supplies, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The freak weather, which has killed at least 60 people in parts of the country unused to heavy snow, could last another week, the Central Meteorological Station said.

Image: A man carries water provided by the local government at a residential area in Wuhan, Hubei province February 1, 2008. Water supplies in the residential area was cut off since Thursday due to the recent snowfall. Picture taken February 1, 2008.

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