Brutally cold Russian winter kills 123 people

Brutally cold Russian winter kills 123 people
December 26, 2012

A bitter cold spell in Russia has claimed 123 lives in the past 10 days, an official says, with the unseasonably early freeze testing authorities in a country used to notoriously tough winters.

Temperatures have plunged to around minus 30 degrees Celsius in the Moscow region and minus 60 degrees in Eastern Siberia, as part of a winter being described by local media as the coldest in 70 years.

“Since the start of the cold, 123 people have died of exposure and frostbite,” a medical source was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

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April snowstorm hits Moscow

April snowstorm hits Moscow
April 05, 2012

…The snowstorm comes as a major test of patience for Muscovites who have endured an unusually cold and long winter lasting five months. Russians consider that spring begins on March 1…

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Emergency Aid In Russia To Combat Effects Of Extended Cold

Emergency Aid In Russia To Combat Effects Of Extended Cold
April 3, 2012

The Voice of Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the government to start preparing emergency aid for Tajikistan to help tackle the aftermath of an unusually cold and long winter, his web site said on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon requested aid at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Putin “pledged that emergency humanitarian assistance will be rendered as soon as possible,” his website said.

Many roads and bridges were also damaged or destroyed as a result of a long spell of cold weather.

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Freeze Kills Rare Pelicans in Dagestan

Freeze Kills Rare Pelicans in Dagestan
February 20, 2012

Rare Dalmatian pelicans, a threatened species, are dying of cold and hunger amid freezing weather in Russia’s usually warm Dagestan, where the birds are currently wintering.

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Unusual Cold Threatens Russian Fruit Crop

Unusual Cold Threatens Russian Fruit Crop
February 12, 2012

Russian agricultural officials say the abnormally cold temperatures are certain to have an adverse effect on this year’s harvest.

In Saratov Kray, where temperatures have dropped to as low as -35 Celsius, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Anatoly Kutsenko said only about half of the country’s grapevines are sheltered by protective earthen barriers.

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Due to cold weather: Russian gas supplies down 30% at Austrian hub

Russian gas supplies down 30% at Austrian hub
2 February, 2012

Vienna.Deliveries of Russian natural gas to one of Europe’s biggest gas hubs, Baumgarten in Austria, are down around 30 percent due to cold weather

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Russian capital Moscow covered by record 63cm snowfall

Russian capital Moscow covered by record 63cm snowfall
22 February 2010

Thousands of snow-clearing machines have been working to dig the Russian capital Moscow out of a record-breaking fall of 63cm (nearly 25 inches).

After a weekend of heavy snow showers, the regional weather centre announced that the previous record of 62cm, set in 1966, had been broken.

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Arctic freeze and snow wreak havoc across the planet

Arctic freeze and snow wreak havoc across the planet
January 5, 2010

Arctic air and record snow falls gripped the northern hemisphere yesterday, inflicting hardship and havoc from China, across Russia to Western Europe and over the US plains.

There were few precedents for the global sweep of extreme cold and ice that killed dozens in India, paralysed life in Beijing and threatened the Florida orange crop. Chicagoans sheltered from a potentially killer freeze, Paris endured sunny Siberian cold, Italy dug itself out of snowdrifts and Poland counted at least 13 deaths in record low temperatures of about minus 25C (-13F).


Madrid airport closed as Europe seized by frigid weather

Madrid airport closed as Europe seized by frigid weather
January 10, 2009

A rare, heavy snowfall in central Spain closed Madrid’s airport and paralysed traffic in the city and several German rivers were frozen over as much of Europe remained in the grip of Siberian conditions on Friday.

The bitter cold which has embraced the much of the continent since the end of last year comes amid Russian gas cuts to several European countries.

But not everyone was unhappy about the cold snap, as people in the Netherlands rediscovered the pleasures of skating along the iced-over canals.

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