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Snow collapse in Ukraine: Regions struggling with bad weather

Author : News Agency 112.ua

Central and northern regions of the country suffered from snow and ice the most
21:16, 23 January 2019

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Record snowfalls, traffic jams and accidents, round-the-clock operation of communal services and traffic restrictions for trucks — all this affected not only Kyiv, but also other regions of the country - mostly central and northern parts.

Kharkiv

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“In Kharkiv, the snow began at around 9:00 a.m. At night there was no snow, but the air temperature was about minus 15 degrees by Celsius. Now the temperature is about minus 7 degrees,” said a 112 Ukraine correspondent.

At night, the roads were cleaned using 28 snow machines. In the morning, the number of vehicles increased to 108. The authorities noted that, if necessary, another 45 special vehicles could join the process of snow removal, the press service of the Kharkiv City Council reports.

At the Kharkiv airport, the flight to Istanbul was canceled, a number of flights are delayed.

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Huge traffic jams take place on the roads of the city.

A truck stuck near the Hydropark, blocking the lane.

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Against the background of worsening weather, Kharkiv residents experienced difficulties due to a malfunction of the city’s subway. For technical reasons, trains moved with a speed limit, a large crowds were formed on the platforms in 10–15 minutes of inactivity. At some stations the police closed the passage for people to avoid crowding, reports "Ves Kharkiv".

Zhytomyr: cleaning roads from the night and an accident involving police car



In Zhytomyr, housing and communal services began cleaning roads from last night, and from 13:00 on the day they planned to send snow-removing equipment to the roads.

Public transport does not adhere to the schedule because of the snow and ice.

A road accident involving police auto occurred around 9:00 a.m. No casualties reported.

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Vinnytsia registers a record amount of snow



Up to 30 cm of snow fell in Vinnytsia, the city council reported, citing data from the regional hydro meteorological center. Communal services began to clean the roads last night and worked all night. After this the public transport began to work according to the schedule.

"Vinnytsia region today was in the center of the cyclone. It has already begun to shift towards the Kirovograd region. We expect that the snow in the Vinnytsia region will stop by 10 p.m. 160 snow machines are working roads. Now, traffic is limited on two sections of the road, as trucks are stuck on the descents-ascents, "the chief of the Road Service in the Vinnytsia region, Igor Korolchuk reports.

The work of snow machines can be monitored online.

Also the difficulties with transport occurred in the city. Around 9:15 p.m., eyewitnesses reported that the trams stuck.

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There were also a few road accidents.

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Kropyvnytskyi and Kirovograd region under the snow

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Last night Kropyvnytskyi was covered by a powerful cyclone. Communal services worked all night, thanks to them public transport went to the routes.

The mayor of Kropyvnytskyi, Andriy Raikovich, once again called on drivers to leave their private cars in garages for a period of bad weather and not to park on the sidelines, so that the snow removal equipment could clean the streets, reports 0522.ua.

Huge snowfalls registered not only in Kropyvnytskyi, but the entire Kirovograd region. In this regard, bus stations cancel bus routes around the region and country.

"Fire and rescue units of the Kirovograd region 18 times went to tow cars from difficult sections of the road. Rescuers towed 21 units of equipment, 19 of them are trucks, one passenger bus and one regular bus with people. In total, assistance was provided to 38 people. Assistance was also provided to clean the roads from snow in the city of Alexandria, ” said Oksana Machak, spokeswoman for the State Department of Emergency Situations in the Kirovograd region.

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Due to bad weather, the movement of trucks is restricted in Ukraine.

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