In one of the biggest annual movements of humanity, about 200 million Chinese make roughly 2.2 billion trips over the Lunar New Year holiday. This year, Jack Frost made a guest appearance, causing massive travel delays, damaging key infrastructure, and disrupting coal shipments to power plants.
How does China's winter disaster stack up against Hurricane Katrina? Here's a look:
|Damage||$7.5 billion||$96 billion|
|Evacuees||1.7 million||1.1 million|
|Homes damaged or destroyed||Over 1 million||300,000|
|Official visits||PM Wen Jiabao to Guangzhou||Bush to New Orleans|
|Industries affected||coal||oil & gas|
|Power supply||17 of 31 provinces in brownouts||2.5 million without power|
|Troops Deployed||500,000 soldiers, 1.6 million paramilitary||50,000 National Guard Troops|
Photos: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images; ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
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