(By Kelly McDonald, Jr) In the northwest section of the Xinjang Uygur Autonomous region, a rare snowfall recently fell that has not been seen in 30 years. Almost 1 meter (3.2 feet) of snow fell in the province this past week. This level of snow is so rare that it caught inhabitants by surprise.
Over 425 animals have died due to the snow. Almost 60,000 more animals are in danger. The rapid snowfall accumulates on the roof of the animal pens to the point that they collapse. Authorities are responding as fast as they can to clear the roads and send provisions to the animals.