Premier Wen Jiabao cut short a visit and hurried from Hunan to Guangzhou Railway Station by train to comfort the masses of stranded travelers and delivered a speech.
Accompanied by Wang Yang, Secretary of Guangdong Provincial CPC Committee, Minister Liu Zhijun of Ministry of Railways, Governor Huang Huahua and other leaders, Premier Wen Jiabao came to the Railway Station square to comfort the passengers. Premier Wen said "I totally understand your eagerness to go home. I can tell you that we are restoring the power grid and that the railways are expected to run normally after the resumption of power grid supplies. All the works are ongoing in an intensive and orderly manner. The number of trains running is on the rise every day and we promise we will do our jobs and try our best to get you home and united with your families". The arrival of and greetings delivered by Premier Wen warmed the many stranded passengers at the railway station. Premier Wen's words were greeted with long and thunderous applause.
Premier Wen Jiabao then heard the work reports from the Guangdong provincial government and the Ministry of Railways and responded by requiring the two authorities to try hard to ease the power strains, ensure power supply, and ensure a smooth return to normal traffic patterns. He required the authorities to make great efforts to ease the pressures on the stranded passengers as well to increase the market supply of power, coal, foodstuff, and non-staple foodstuffs so that the public can have a festive and auspicious Spring Festival.
The Premier also inspected the situation of area power dispatching and market supply allocations.
(Translated by Guangzhou Association of Foreign Affairs Translators)
Source : english.gz.gov.cn