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Snowstorm strands 5,000 passengers at Xinjiang airport

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Over 5,000 passengers were today stranded at the Urumqi airport in northwest China's Uygur Autonomous Region as a heavy snowstorm forced cancellation of over 40 flights, officials said.

Blizzards and freezing fog hit the region beginning early on Monday, forcing the runway to close in the regional capital of Urumqi, said a manager with the airport's operation center.

As of 10 am, 42 flights had been delayed and eight others canceled, Xinhua agency quoted him as saying.

Another four flights diverted to Kashgar airport in Xinjiang, he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 19:29 IST