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Dharamshala: - A heavy snow fall in eastern Tibet region Saturday (23rd April) caused traffic to come to standstill on Saturday with thousands of drivers trapped their vehicles.

According to Chinese state controlled media 'Xinhua', Up to 80 centimeters of snow fell in Karze, (Chi: Ganzi), and around 20 centimeters of ice was found on the highways.

"Two hundred soldiers were deployed to help those stuck in their vehicles, by delivering food and drinks. It took eight hours to clear the snow and for traffic to resume," Xinhua further reported.

The snow has covered national road linking Karze County and Dege County in Kham region of Tibet (Chi: Southwest China's Sichuan Province), April 23, 2011. Due to the continuous snowfall, the Karze-Dege section of National Road 317 which was covered with snow of over 50 cm in thickness, causing many vehicles stranded for hours.

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