Record snowfall hits Moscow, kills 1

ANI | Updated: Feb 05, 2018 11:52 IST

Moscow [Russia], Feb 5 (ANI): One person died and five others were injured after Moscow experienced a record-breaking snowstorm.

Since Saturday, the snowstorm, accompanied by high-intensity winds, has been wreaking havoc across the Moscow region.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin confirmed on Sunday that a person died when a tree fell on him.

Due to the snowstorm, more than 3,000 households have witnessed long power cuts due to the snapping of the power lines, TASS agency reported.

The depth of the snow has been recorded at 43 centimetres so far, according to the meteorological department.

Russia's State Hydrometeorology Service issued a storm warning for Monday, with more snow and dropping air temperatures.

Governor Andrei Vorobiev declared a state of emergency in the region and ordered all traffic management services to work in the emergency mode and clean up the snow on roads to prevent any untoward incidents.

The monster weather did not spare flight operations in the city as well. Around 217 flights were delayed and 17 others were cancelled at Moscow's three airports- Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo.

According to the met department, the air temperatures in the Moscow region are expected to vary between -7 degrees to -2 degrees Celsius. The overall temperature will be around -12 degrees Celsius.

For Tuesday, the temperature will be around -8 degrees Celsius. (ANI)

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