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Waist High Snow Hits Northeastern China
Heilongjiang Province, located in Northeastern China and bordering Russia, is known for its annual international ice and snow festival, which showcases giant ice castles and sculptures. Nonetheless, when a two-day snow storm dropped several feet of snow on April 20 to 21, the weather bureau reported it as the heaviest snowfall in the region in 37 years. Local residents say they have never experienced snow like this in April in their lifetimes. Some say they believe it’s punishment from heaven. - Location: Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province Date: April 20, 2020 Many people had to leave their houses through a window, because the front door was completely blocked by snow. Man shoveling snow: Look at that window. This elderly man cannot get out. Man in black: Take a look at this car. Can you see the silhouette of the car? The car is completely buried under the snow. Ah, it’s freezing cold. Take a look at this car! Woman: Everyone, let me show you what it’s like when snow blocks the door. The heavy snow on April 20 blocked my front door. I just got out through the window. Take a look: from the ground to waist height! See, I am not kneeling, I am standing. That is “snow blocking the door!” You may have heard about it, but never seen it. I experienced it once before when I was a kid, and now it’s happening again. And right here is not even the thickest snow; it’s over there! - Location: Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang Province Date: April 20, 2020 Woman 1 in the background: A large amount of snow fell from the roof, which is very dangerous. There was strong wind yesterday at level 8 or above. The snow was all blown to this place. Actually, on the main roads the snow was not that bad, but it was all blown around by the wind and accumulated here. Woman 2 in the background: The snow is so deep that all the doors are blocked. I shoveled a tunnel through. Too bad, I still can’t get through. Woman 3: I still need to go grocery shopping on this snow day. Wow, I can’t get out! Woman 4: It’s from the snow storm last night. We started shoveling the snow at midnight and kept doing it all night, otherwise we wouldn’t have this cleared path to get out. There is more snowfall this season than we had all winter. I feel this is retribution and punishment for some wrongdoings. - Location: Baicheng City, Jilin Province Lead: Two neighboring provinces, Jilin and Inner Mongolia, have also reported heavy snow storms on April 20 and 21. Conclusion: Wheat seedlings were frozen and damaged by the snowstorm. Many Chinese internet users are expressing concern that peasants will have a poor harvest this year.