A young Chinese mother Net named Bluff II At West Gate
(西门吹牛2 ) posted her true story
online on 30 January and 1 February, detailing her personal
experiences during the powerless days and nights in the snowstorm
disaster. The following is the tranlation
of part of her post:
Finally I’ve got a chance to log online. Come to think of
it - we live without electricity for nine days so far. When
I told my dad I would like to share my story with my online
friends, he somehow found a portable electrical generator,
and worked half a day to get my computer connected to the
Internet. The generator is not powerful enough to keep the
lights and heating on while I'm online, so as at this moment
I’m here chat with you guys, my family sit in the cold darkness.
I’m truly grateful for their generous support.
I'm at Sinan County town (思南县) in Guizhou
Province, where the power supply has been lost
since 21 January. Some high-pressure towers were not
able to withstand the heavy pressure of snow and have
collapsed, which cause power failure provincial wide.
We have no idea if we will have electricity by the time
of Chinese New Year that is only a week away. To get
the damaged parts repaired or replaced under the current
weather condition is not an easy task, as the transmission
lines were buried deep under ice, while the paths leading
to the sites in the remote mountainous areas are covered
with snow up to 30cm thick and extremely hard to negotiate.
Local elders say this is the biggest snow storm they have
ever witnessed in half a century, and according to the news
reports I just read, Guizhou bears
the biggest blunt of this nationwide snowstorm disaster,
with 70 percent of the snow falls in the region.
The power cut also triggers inflation in commodity price
and causes traffic to stand still, while the traffic paralysis
makes it difficult to repair the power system and bring products
on the market to curb excess price hikes. - It seems like
a catch-22 situation.
It is said that the more than 70 flights from and to Guizhou
have been postponed, and 100,000 travelers are stranded
on the road provincial wide. I heard the story of a bus
that plunged into valley and caused the death of 25 passengers;
the daughter of my mom’s colleague who spent ten days to
travel between the provincial capital Guiyang to her county
town; and some people who have to brave the snowy weather
to walk days to return home.
We've been almost cut off from the outside world, as we
don’t have newspapers now; nor am I able to receive milk
powders sent to me from my husband for our baby. With no
flights and no road traffic, all post offices and newspaper
stalls are no longer open for business. The
Powerless Nights (2)
Hand from A Handless Man
Powerless Nights (2)