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Snowfall Kills People, Livestock In China

A heavy snowfall has killed 13 people and 51,000 head of livestock in a high mountain valley inhabited mainly by Tibetans, China Business Times reported Friday.

More than three feet of snow has fallen in Shiqu county since the storms began in mid-December, about a month earlier than usual, the newspaper said. Temperatures have plunged as low as minus-40 and even the highs have been below-zero.

Shiqu is in Sichuan province 1,000 miles southwest of Beijing. Average elevation in the region is more than 13,000 feet above sea level.

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