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8,160 cattle die in freezing weather

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

Low temperatures and avalanches after four snowfalls in Yili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture had killed the cattle, Yu Donghua, a husbandry and veterinary bureau official, said yesterday.

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

"The continuous snow has alleviated the drought, (but) it is a disaster for cattle during the calving period," he said.

The Yili government has relocated 1,420 households and 38,814 cattle to safe areas.


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