27 April 2014, 10:26

Blackout in Russia's Far East left over 150 thousand people without electricity

Blackout in Russia's Far East left over 150 thousand people without electricity

More than 150 thousand people were left without electric power supplies on Russian Far East's Kamchatka peninsula over a breakdown at a local thermal power plant on Sunday.

"The automatic gas supply system was switched off in emergency at the second thermal power plant," the press service of the Kamchatka power utility told Itar-Tass, noting that residents of the cities of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Yelizovo and Vilyuchinsk were left partially without power supply.

"Utility specialists are connecting the thermal power plant to be powered with a liquid fuel - fuel oil. Electric power supply is expected to resume soon," the local power utility said.

Snowstorm hits Russia's Chelyabinsk reg, leaving thousands without electricity

Electricity was cut off to more than 150 residential localities in the Chelyabinsk region hit by a heavy snowstorm on Friday. Electro-transmission lines were covered with snow and torn by strong winds.

Electricity supply was resumed to most of the houses overnight, but 13 residential localities of 9,369 people had no electricity on Saturday morning, the Russian Emergencies Ministry's Chelyabinsk regional department reported. Repairs were planned to be completed at 16:00 Moscow time.

Mass cultural events and school classes were cancelled in Chelyabinsk on Saturday, and all services in the city remained on alert because of the severe weather. Emergency services organized work to clear roads of snow and help drivers. Hospitals were ready to receive affected people.

The Emergencies Ministry reported that the bad weather with heavy snow and winds of 20-25 m/sec would remain in the region on Saturday.

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