As more than 10 inches of snow fell in Moscow – more than half of the average snowfall for the whole of January – the already congested city is on the verge of a traffic collapse.
Today, strong winds created blizzard conditions and built imposing snow drifts, bringing the city to a standstill and leaving thousands of passengers stranded at airports.
The chair of the Duma’s transport committee has called for local transport officials to face legal sanctions for failing to cope with the winter weather.
“Snowpocalypse Russia: Snow ‘tsunami’ swallows streets, cars, buildings,” read the headline in Russia Times.
While in the large population centers in western Russia the snowstorms have caused inconvenience, further east they have been life threatening.
Entire apartment blocks barricaded by snow
The polar circle city of Norilsk has seen snowfall build to a height of more than 10 feet, and entire apartment blocks have been barricaded by snow overnight, requiring city workers to dig passageways through the snow banks.
Meanwhile, icicles up to three feet in length have formed off every building ledge, breaking at random and causing a lethal hazard for pedestrians below.
Nearly two hundred people have died throughout Russia as a direct result of weather-related accidents and hypothermia this season, according to official statistics, although the extreme conditions have likely contributed to many more fatalities.
Amazing pics of crazy deep snow in Russia!!!
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