Power stations disabled by bad weather in central Russia

21:39, January 05, 2011      

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Another 100 electric power substations have been shut by bad weather in central Russia and the number of people without electricity has been put at 8,000.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday local time (0500 GMT), a total of 470 substations in the Moscow region had been cut off due to snow and high winds, a Moscow United Electric Grids Company representative said.

In total, 8,000 people remained without electricity, heat and water supplies in the region.

According to the representative, more than 1,800 workers were working to reconnect the substations to the grid. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry also deployed some 5,000 people to fix power lines.

Meanwhile, more than 300 towns with a population of 33,700 people in central Russia's Moscow, Tver and Smolensk regions hooked up to the grids on Wednesday, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Cold weather with recent icy rains and snowfalls left thousands of Russian residents spending the new year holiday in a blackout.

Source: Xinhua
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