Two die of exposure, 14 hospitalized as temperatures plunge in Moscow

Two people died of exposure in plunging temperatures in the Russian capital on Tuesday and 14 more were hospitalized, city emergency medical authorities said Tuesday.

Temperatures dropped from about freezing Monday afternoon to -28 C (-18 F) overnight as a cold wave hit after inflicting &to=http://english.pravda.ru/region/2003/01/08/41759.html' target=_blank>record low temperatures across Siberia.

Electricity monopoly &to=http://english.pravda.ru/comp/2001/06/06/7066.html' target=_blank>RAO Unified Energy System of Russia said Tuesday that the sharp drop in temperature had caused no supply disruptions in Moscow. But NTV television reported that power was cut off to nearly 30 towns and villages in Ryazan region southwest of Moscow, and that there were also problems in the Volga River region of Samara.