They evacuated thousands of tourists in China who had been trapped by a snow avalanche at a ski resort

Rescue teams evacuated thousands of tourists that were left caught up in a remote station ski in the northwest of Chinawhere dozens of avalanches They had caused roadblocks, state media reported this Wednesday.

According to the chain CCTVa total of 1,558 tourists and 445 vehicles that had been stranded after a storm hit the region of Xinjiang and snow will block the roads in the prefecture of Tall andnear China’s border with Mongolia, Russia and Kazakhstan.

State television states that snowfall began to hit the region on January 6, and that subsequently several avalanches blocked the roads that connect this tourist area with the rest of the neighboring regions.

Total, 350 kilometers of roads were affected by snow avalanches, and local residents and tourists were stranded in the remote village of Hemu.

Likewise, a military helicopter went to the site to provide food and fuel to the area in recent days, the chain adds.

The work to clear the roads was made difficult by the geography of the area, as the roads leading to the village are located in a valley with tree-covered slopes.

Crews finally managed to clear the roads on Tuesday, allowing vehicles to enter and trapped tourists to exit.

China recorded its highest average temperature since 1961 in 2023

China registered in 2023 the highest average temperature since 1961, with 10.7 degrees Celsius, which is 0.8 degrees more than the historical average, also breaking records for cold and heat, reported the National Meteorological Center.

The center indicated on its official Weibo social network account – similar to X (formerly Twitter), censored in the Asian giant – that most of the Chinese territory experienced temperatures 0.5 to 1 degree higher than usual, and that 13 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions reached their historical highs since 1961.

Additionally, 127 weather stations recorded their highest temperatures in history.

People with sun protection in the heat of the heat wave walk on a street in Beijing, China, July 1, 2023. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File (TINGSHU WANG/)

Thus, 2023 was 0.2 degrees higher in average temperature than 2021, the year that had marked the previous maximum.

The institution also noted that They broke the cold and heat records in the country, with -53 degrees Celsius recorded on January 22 in the town of Jintao, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, and 52.2 degrees on July 16 in the town of Sanbao, in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.

These data show the characteristic temperature distribution in a context of global warmingwith “higher average values ​​and more frequent extreme cold and heat events”, according to the center.

On the other hand, the average precipitation in China was 615.0 mm, 3.9% less than normal, despite the fact that the summer of 2022 was marked by intense rains that resulted in dozens of deaths.

A person covers his head with a garbage bag to protect himself from heavy rain during a sudden downpour in Beijing, China, August 20, 2023. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File
A person covers his head with a garbage bag to protect himself from heavy rain during a sudden downpour in Beijing, China, August 20, 2023. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File (THOMAS PETER/)

In 2021 and 2022, the summers had already recorded rainfall of an intensity unprecedented in decades in the center of the country, with more than 300 deadand a persistent drought in areas further south.

Local meteorologists then explained that periods of intense heat, which begin “earlier and earlier and end later,” could become the “new normal” in the lower Asian country “the effect of climate change”.

(With information from EFE)