Rus News Journal

Siberians have endured a local cold snap

Yesterday after the first wave unknown even for Western Siberia of frosts slept, heads of regions and separate territories have brought preliminary results of functioning of housing and communal services in an extreme situation. Officials ascertained that serious failures managed to be avoided. But in a weekend the new cold snap, and as the chairman of committee of housing and communal services of the mayoralty of Novosibirsk Vladimir Tkachenko recognised, " is expected; teploenergosistemy cities are calculated on rather long influence of a cold at temperature not more low-39 degrees . On January, 10th in Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo areas, Altay territory and Republic Altai storm warning has been declared. The sharp cold snap which has led to record-breaking low temperatures next day has begun. For example, on January, 13th became in the coldest afternoon in Novosibirsk for last 100 years - a minus of 40,2 degrees. In northern areas of the Tomsk region the temperature-53 degree has been noted, and in region even declared an emergency situation mode. Present 50-degree frosts will be not not remembered also by old residents of Kuzbas. Warming has come only in the end of the past week.
yesterday the chief of department of power, housing and municipal services of the mayoralty of Novosibirsk Sergey Rajhman has informed that as a whole city power supply systems have sustained elements pressure. In a city there was one insignificant on scales municipal failure in the Soviet area: on January, 13th as a result deep pressure procorfs the local departmental boiler-house was automatically quickly disconnected. And when it managed to be started, there was a pipeline impulse therefore about two tens houses of the top zone of Academgorodok within several hours remained without heating. Besides, according to department of the Ministry of Emergency Measures across the Novosibirsk region, on January, 13th have not sustained the maximum loadings of the electric system in regional centre Toguchin. More than half of inhabitants of settlement since five mornings and almost to 12 o`clock in the afternoon have spent without light and heat, and air temperature in apartments of some houses fell to six degrees of heat.
in the Tomsk region there was an impulse on an electric main between settlements the Robin and Hope of Tomsk area. According to regional department of the Ministry of Emergency Measures, the substation feeding branch of psychiatric hospital with auxiliary objects and a boiler-house in Hope has been as a result disconnected. Over 140 patients have been transported in regional psychiatric hospital to Tomsk. In seven hours malfunction on LEP have eliminated. In the Kemerovo region and Altay territory as have informed in regional governments of the Ministry of Emergency Measures, some impulses on electric mains which did not maintain a cold also have been registered.
In regions notice what to smooth cold snap consequences it was possible thanks to in due time accepted preparatory measures, round-the-clock watch of experts of all urban services, operative reaction to emergencies. But without victims has not managed. In all regions medical institutions have registered tens obmorozheny, and in Kuzbas one person was lost. As has informed the senior doctor of the Central substation of the first help of Novosibirsk Irina Krjucheva, the quantity of victims has increased twice: If in usual days in fast seven-eight arrive strongly freezed a day, during the period from January, 12 till January, 15th - 14-16 persons. All victims, as a rule, were in a condition of strong alcoholic intoxication, from them only approximately 40 % are persons without a certain residence .
Since January, 20th weather forecasters predict approach in Siberia of bitter cold, and again the thermometer column can fall to a mark a minus of 35-40 degrees. And, as the chairman of committee of housing and communal services of the mayoralty of Novosibirsk Vladimir Tkachenko, " recognised yesterday at press conference; teploenergosistemy cities are calculated on rather long influence of a cold at temperature not more low-39 degrees .
YURY BELOV; NATALIA VOLOSATOVA, Tomsk