Fishermen in Jinzhou, Northeast China’s Liaoning province, try to break the ice in the Bohai Sea on Monday. [Li Tiecheng/China Daily]
Heavy snow and unusually cold weather have swept across most parts of China this week, causing travel chaos on roads and on the sea, with forecasters predicting worse to come.
The worst sea ice in 30 years is threatening shipping and the livelihoods of fishermen on China’s eastern coast and the situation is expected to worsen this week, with about 40 percent of the Bohai Sea’s surface already frozen, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said on its website.
The Shandong provincial oceanic and fishery department issued warnings of sea ice and began 24-hour monitoring of conditions last Tuesday.