Chinese struggle through 12th day of weather outages

CHENZHOU, China (AP) -- Residents in central China are standing
in long lines for water and gasoline amid the 12th day of a
blackout caused by the worst winter storms in more than 50 years.
Frustration is setting in for many people. One woman calls the
weather "extremely cold and inconvenient" and adds that she
"hasn't had a shower for about ten days."
About 130,000 workers are trying to restore power in the region
ahead of Thursday's start of the Lunar New Year holiday. One
official calls restoring power an "arduous" task with the holiday
looming.
The state-run news agency says 11 electricians have died in the
effort but gives no details.
Crews have made progress in clearing highways and railways,
allowing tens of millions of migrant workers to get home for the
holiday.


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