China admits it was ‘unprepared for snow crisis’

Chinese weather experts admitted on Monday that they were not properly prepared for the snow storms that left hundreds of thousands of people stranded at the New Year, the BBC reported.

"We did not make enough preparation," the BBC reported the head of the Chinese Meteorological Administration, Zheng Guoguang, as saying.

Officials "did not expect such long-term, widespread and harsh weather conditions," he added. "In northern China we have quite a good emergency plan to cope with unusual weather conditions. But in southern parts of China, the mechanism and emergency plan to cope with such weather needs to be improved."

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