Boiler rooms in Smila, Cherkasy region are now getting online - several days after the city's infrastructure nearly collapsed due to a cold spell.
According to Hennadiy Zubko, Ukraine's Minister for Housing and Regional Development, eight of 20 boiler houses in Smila are now plugged to the gas pipeline, and the heat gradually reaches the households, hospitals, schools and kindergatens. Some of these vital infrastructure objects teporarily stopped working because of the lack of the heat.
'The gas supplies, first of all, go to the boiler houses that serve the social categories [living neighborhoods, hospitals, kindergartens etc.]', he said.
The mentioned boiler houses are connected with 152 residential buildings where almost 20,000 people dwell.
As is known, several days ago, residents of Smila, Kryvyi Rih, Pavlohrad, Kherson and several other cities found themselves in cold, non-heated rooms. The reason is that the local services did not launch the heating systems in time. The town hall administration had declared a state of emergency.
The Ukrainian Cabinet assigned the short-term loan to Smila that faced a trouble with the central heating system. The sum of the loan makes almost 900,000 U.S. dollars.