January norm of snow falls on Omsk

Over the past 24 hours, a January norm of snow fell on the city of Omsk, a regional centre in the south of western Siberia. Trees and power transmission lines are breaking under the weight of snow, while the situation on motor roads is hazardous.

Experts of the local department of the Hydro-meteorological Centre explain the disaster by an extremely rare phenomenon for the latitudes - the pre-earth and atmospheric centres of an active cyclone have mixed up.

The disaster caught traffic and communal services unprepared, and the clearing snow and ice off the streets began too late. According to the local State Traffic Police department, some 100 road incidents have taken place on the city streets over the past twenty-four hours, injuring 31 people.

The snowfall is accompanied with a strong wind of 26 metres per second. Power transmission lines have been damaged in 18 districts of the Omsk region leaving hundreds of houses with no electricity.

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