Freezing temperatures have even affected typically warm regions.
Since temperatures plunged below minus 18 degrees Celsius in Moscow and minus 50 degrees in Siberia, more than 50 people have died from weather-related illnesses, says this article in The Moscow Times.
During the cold snap that started over a week ago, 722 people have been injured, 371 have been hospitalized and 56 have died, RIA-Novosti reported, citing hypothermia and frostbite as among the most common weather-related illnesses.
The Emergency Situations Ministry has issued warnings to residents of 15 Russian regions, including Kamchatka, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Irkutsk and the Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous district, where the cold has also disrupted energy supplies.
Freezing temperatures have even affected typically warm regions, the report said. In Makhachkala, the capital of the Dagestan republic in the North Caucasus, the airport was closed due to heavy snowfalls, which delayed 3,000 travelers.
Elsewhere in southern Russia, authorities declared a state of emergency in the Karachayevo-Cherkessia republic and the Stavropol region due to thick snowdrifts, while in the Krasnodar region wind speeds reached 25 meters per second.
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