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Millions of Chinese shivered through power cuts and water shortagesyesterday and millions more were stranded by snow and ice ahead of whatis for many their only family reunion of the year.<br />Migrant workers in the booming southern province of Guangdong, standingunder a grey sky and bitterly cold rain, have been urged to abandonplans to go home for the Lunar New Year, when families travel vastdistances to reunite.


Millions of Chinese shivered through power cuts and water shortages yesterday and millions more were stranded by snow and ice ahead of what is for many their only family reunion of the year.
Migrant workers in the booming southern province of Guangdong, standing under a grey sky and bitterly cold rain, have been urged to abandon plans to go home for the Lunar New Year, when families travel vast distances to reunite.
A sea of people crammed around the main railway station in the provincial capital, Guangzhou, huddling under umbrellas and waiting for a chance to get home. Trains have been paralysed by crippled power upline that has snarled the regional network.
For tens of millions of migrant workers, leaving their families to work in China’s fast-developing cities, the holiday, also known as the Spring Festival, is the only chance to see loved ones all year. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told passengers stuck at Changsha station in southern China on Tuesday that he was sorry. Yesterday he visited Guangzhou to offer similar comfort.
At least 55 people have died, including 25 on Tuesday in a bus crash on an icy mountain road, Xinhua news agency reported. Several electricity workers were killed while repairing frozen and collapsed lines.


 
 
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