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8,000 Cattle Die in China's Snowstorm

25 February 2009

CHINA - Heavy snow has killed 8,160 cattle in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region this month, local authorities said.

According to reports from the China Daily, low temperatures and avalanches after four snowfalls in Yili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture had killed the cattle, Yu Donghua, a prefecture husbandry and veterinary bureau official, said Monday.

In total, 891 houses and 435 cattle sheds collapsed in the snow and 3,531 houses were at risk, he said.

"Although the continuous snow has alleviated the drought, it is a disaster for cattle during the calving period," he told the news organistaion.

The Yili prefecture government has relocated 1,420 households and 38,814 cattle to safe areas and allocated 170,000 tonnes of fodder and feed to the snow-hit areas.

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