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Down to -50C: Russians freeze to death as strongest-in-decades winter hits (PHOTOS)

Published time: December 19, 2012 15:00
Edited time: December 19, 2012 19:58
RIA Novosti / Yakov Andreev

RIA Novosti / Yakov Andreev

Russia is enduring its harshest winter in over 70 years, with temperatures plunging as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Dozens of people have already died, and almost 150 have been hospitalized.

­The country has not witnessed such a long cold spell since 1938, meteorologists said, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees lower than the seasonal norm all over Russia.

Across the country, 45 people have died due to the cold, and 266 have been taken to hospitals. In total, 542 people were injured due to the freezing temperatures, RIA Novosti reported.

The Moscow region saw temperatures of -17 to -18 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, and the record cold temperatures are expected to linger for at least three more days. Thermometers in Siberia touched -50 degrees Celsius, which is also abnormal for December.

RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko

­The Emergency Ministry has issued warnings in 15 regions, which have been put on high alert over possible disruptions of communication and power.

Across the country, heat pipelines have broken down due to the cold. In southeastern Russia’s Samara, the cold has broken down many heat pipelines, leaving hundreds of homes without heating, including an orphanage and a rest house. Many schools and kindergartens have been closed for almost a week. 

The cold spell, along with snowfalls, has disrupted flights all over the country, and led to huge traffic jams. In the southern city of Rostov-on-Don some highways were closed due to snowfalls over the past two days, triggering a traffic collapse.

RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko

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More cold in the capital

Over the weekend, meteorologists predict temperatures will plunge even lower in the Moscow region, hitting -25. The Russian capital is also expected to be swept with snow, RIA Novosti reported.

Temperatures have been 7 degrees lower than the norm for five days already, which is considered an anomaly, according to the Meteonovosti.ru website. The cold spell in the Moscow region is expected to continue for at least three more days.

Due to the high humidity, these freezing temperatures will feel even colder than they actually are, meteorologists explained.

RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko
RIA Novosti / Yakov Andreev
RIA Novosti / Yakov Andreev
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko
RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kryazhev
RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kryazhev
RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kryazhev
RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kryazhev
RIA Novosti / Yakov Andreev
RIA Novosti / Yakov Andreev
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Malgavko
RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kryazhev
RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kryazhev
RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kryazhev
RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Kryazhev

Comments (4)

 

Richardlover1234 Sievert 11.03.2013 06:08

I am and environmental scientist amongst other professions who has taken my science to nature' where I have learned through tireless self-studies ‘Studying the things historians wrote ‘That I have come to realize from all that I know’ it is our own human nature, that must first be reprimanded for placing value over any and all human life!
If we are to survive we must evolve from money first’ or it will be the catalyst that makes our-air into black suet’ that thing you take for granted called oxygen, and this -path will lead to future-masks for people to breath with!

 

Richardlover1234 Sievert 11.03.2013 06:07

If you really want to fix things you must think like god and create new and better systems that do not have a carbon blow off ‘We are at the crossroads of chaos where great minds could in fact alter the course of Mother Nature ‘
Too change the life threatening climate’ you must train and breed animals to stay in certain areas where you planted- trees where even bugs are a valuable part of mother nature that nature relies- upon people must breed these things to stay and remain to fertilize the grounds where you planted this is the key to climate change!

 

Richardlover1234 Sievert 11.03.2013 05:27

Out to lunch (unregistered) 23.01.2013 00:02

Governments in countries with freezing temperatures should introduce  program of outdoor underfloor heating using heat exchangers and using deep underground and thermal heat storage to provide cheap energy to heat building, pavements and roads. I did try to float the idea earlier but the big freeze stopped me.

  

I could make a design that would power the sun from earth find me Russia I hate America my hommmo homeland!

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