Severe cold spell kills 123 people in Russia

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Severely cold weather has killed at least 123 people in Russia as temperatures drastically dropped in different parts of the country.In the Moscow region, temperature fell to below minus 30 degrees Celsius; Eastern Siberia saw temperatures of minus 60 degrees Celsius.

“Since the start of the cold, 123 people have died of exposure and frostbite,” a Russian medical official said on Tuesday.

The official added that, during the past 24 hours, more than 200 people, including 14 children, were treated for hypothermia and frostbite in hospitals.

According to the official, 1,745 people were affected by the cold, and more than 800 people had to be hospitalized.
Most of the victims were homeless people who were found dead in the streets.

Cold snap has also left thousands of people without electricity across the country.

“There is nothing, not even water, we have to melt snow, and the temperature at home is below zero,” said a villager in southern Siberia, where temperatures dropped to minus 40 degrees Celsius.

Officials say efforts are underway to restore power and the Russian army has also been clearing roads of snow.

Thousands of heating shelters have been set up for the homeless and elderly.

 

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