Millions remained stranded in China on Monday as parts of the country suffered their coldest winter in a century. Freezing weather has killed dozens of people and left travelers stranded before the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, which is the only opportunity many people have to take a holiday all year. It has also brought China unwanted negative publicity six months before the Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Weather conditions are expected to improve over the next few days but freezing fog at night will continue to be a problem. Roads and railways, some of which have been blocked for days, have started to move again, and fewer flights were being canceled. China has largely avoided unrest throughout the crisis primarily due to hundreds of thousands of soldiers and paramilitary police that have been deployed around the country to help with disaster relief and crowd control.