Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Moscow authorities struggle to clear record snowfall

Moscow authorities struggle to clear record snowfall

On Saturday, one was killed and another two were injured due to heavy snow downing trees, Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in his VK social network account.

Record snowfall in Moscow has resulted in travel delays, injuries and at least one death, according the mayor of the Russian capital.

Outside Moscow, the snowfall was so bad that local authorities had asked the army to send in the troops and trucks to help clear out the snow, the Defense Ministry said yesterday.

The sharp drop in temperature and a continuous snowfall make the snow clearing complicated, Deputy Mayor Pyotr Biryukov said.

'In the first five days of February the monthly average (snowfall) was reached, ' Nadezhda Tochenova, the deputy head of Russia's Hydrometcentre weather research centre said.

One man was killed due to unsafe conditions caused by the extreme winter weather and five others have been injured, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said.

Crews have cleared 1.2 million cubic metres of snow in the last 24 hours, while the sheer weight of the white stuff on trees in the city have caused 2,000 to fall - with more than 100 of those on vehicles.

Children in Moscow were given the day off school on Monday when the temperature stood at minus 12 degrees Celsius.

More than 100 flights have been delayed and almost 30 flights were canceled in major airports in Moscow due to the inclement weather.

More than 100 flights were delayed or canceled on Monday at Moscow's three major airports, state media reported. The authorities encouraged people to leave their cars at home and use public transport instead.

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