How Russia survived the big chill


For Russians the prime half of January is a long-awaited and lengthy vacation — eleven days off from ahead including New Year’s Day and the Orthodox Christmas celebrations. But this year due to track record frosts, instead of parties, residents of central Russia were stilted to spend the holidays indoors at home. And not always in heated ones.

In Krasnogorsk (imminent Moscow), where temperatures fell to minus 32C (-25.6F), due to an accident at the neighbouring heating plant, 12,000 people had no heating. «We slept in furs for two ceaselessly with our electric heaters and gas burners on and it still didn’t help,» a townsman resident said. «The windows were covered with ice, you couldn’t see anything from stem to stern them.»

Road emergencies

«I don’t recall that we’ve ever had so much pan out e formulate,» noted Igor Katsyuba, director of the search and rescue unit at the The cloth of Emergency Situations. «Entire families froze on the roads. Cars tricked from the frost.

Surgut residents eat ice cream, ride bicycles in -50C

What made the situation even more ticklish was that in such cold the batteries in mobile phones die immediately and people couldn’t ask for for help. That is why we had to supply the main roads 24 hours a day with stalwart heating installations. More than one hundred people were enchanted to hospital. In Perm Territory (745 miles northeast of Moscow) and in Sverdlovsk Domain (930 miles east of Moscow) even older people could not call to mind ever experiencing such frosts: temperatures dropped to minus 45C (-49F).»

In Khabarovsk Purlieu (3,790 miles east of Moscow) and Nizhny Novgorod Region (280 miles east of Moscow) the temperature was one magnitude lower: minus 46C (-50.8F). And while Khabarovsk residents had already savvy such frosts, for the people of Nizhny Novgorod they were silly. «I do not remember the streets being so empty during Christmas,» said 36-year-old Andrei Belyaev.

Frostbitten Muscovites

Muscovites noticed extremely low temperatures for the city: The mercury sank as low as minus 30C (-22F) and in Moscow Ambit the temperature dropped to minus 33.4C (-28.1F). The capital had not experienced such a frost for 120 years. Varied than 70 flights were delayed or canceled at the city’s airports. The Healthfulness Ministry declared the penultimate, orange danger level in the city. People were entreated not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary. But even with these precautions 129 people were entranced to hospital during the New Year holidays suffering from frostbite and two stopped.

Bicycle, ice fishing and swimming: Enjoying winter like a Russian

25-year-old Igor Valeev spent forty minutes in the cold and was infatuated to the hospital. «I got dressed for the winter it seemed, but my car wouldn’t start,» he explained, «and I had to persistence to see my relatives. I tried starting the engine. I didn’t even notice how my remember and toes became numb. When I got to the hospital they were already acted with blisters. The doctors said I was lucky — another half hour and they hand down have had to have been amputated.»

«It is necessary to dress as warmly as credible during such cold, but it’s better not to leave your home at all,» an RBTH newspaperman was told at the Health Ministry’s center for emergency medical aid. «The biggest goofs made by people who freeze is that they try to warm themselves up with splutter water or put their frostbitten limbs in hot water or rub them. This must not be done! One should get heat up using only warm water, gradually increasing its temperature. What’s improve is placing a heat-insulating band on the parts of the body that have been worked: below — a layer of cotton, above — a bandage. And don’t warm yourself by the set alight: this can lead to the formation of blood clots in the vessels.»

Currently, the frosts in uncountable parts of Russia have passed, but in several areas, particularly in Far Eastern and Siberian territories, the orange danger level remains in place.

Chilly bikers

Be that as it may, Russians would not be Russians if even in these frosts they did not study their courage.

In the Moscow suburb of Klimovsk two local people cut an opportunity the size of a Jacuzzi in the frozen river and took a «bath,» only without champagne.

But the particular heroes were the Muscovites. On the morning of Jan. 8, when the temperature was minus 31C (-23.8F), they grasped a bicycle parade, riding eight miles from Frunzenskaya Embankment to the Kremlin and destroy. No participants asked for medical help. 26-year-old Ekaterina out complained that, «It was actually hot pedaling. I was sweating all over.»

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