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Chinese Stranded in Train Station: Throng of Thousands Becomes Safety Concern

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Policemen control the stranded passengers entering Guangzhou Railway Station after trains were delayed as they prepare going back to their hometown ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong province, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (Color China Photo via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016 02:03 PM

As many as 100,000 Chinese people were stranded in a train station on Tuesday when trains failed to arrive and take them home for the Lunar New Year celebrations.

The Peoples' Daily news outlet said the crowd teetered at 100,000. State broadcaster CCTV reported the same, however Guangzhou Railway Corp said in a notice the number was closer to 38,000, CNN reported

"Guangzhou area's chunyun (Spring Festival migration) control center inspects and estimates that there are 38,000 waiting passengers in the area," it said.

"An earlier rumor on the Internet that there's a gathering of 100,000 is untrue."

According to The Guardian U.K., local media reported that authorities declared a "level two emergency" because of the throng. Some 2,600 security guards were also reportedly deployed.

The scene comes a little more than a year after dozens were killed in stampedes on Shanghai’s historic riverfront, a tragedy that caused a political outcry from citizens.

The situation at the Guangzhou Railway Station in southern China was the result of snowstorms, which delayed at least 22 trains set to arrive in the station Tuesday.

The annual migrations for the Spring Festival — a 40-day stretch that begins in January — is thought to be one of the greatest human migrations on earth. Chinese travelers are expected to make nearly 3 billion journeys for the festival this year alone.

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