Some residents of Vladivostok are now on their fifth day without power, after devastating freezing rain fell last week. Many have been moved to temporary accommodation, while others complain of no water or heat.
Vladivostok, Russia’s Far Eastern capital, is no stranger to extreme weather, but the latest situation has caught even its residents by surprise.
In certain districts, where electricity and water have not yet been restored, the military is handing out food and water from temporary field kitchens.
As of Sunday, despite power being returned to most homes, around 60,000 residents still remain without electricity. Other nearby cities, such as Artyom, are also affected.
In the days since the power cut, locals have complained about food shops being closed, and those that remain open have been quickly depleted. In some areas, ATM’s are no longer working, and gas stations have run out of fuel.
People have resorted to fighting over the last gas cylinders, and some had to travel two hours by bus just to charge their phone. The city is already notorious for its heavy traffic.
Other Vladivostok residents have complained that local authorities have not yet cleared up the city’s paths, causing more than 600 calls to the city’s emergency services in just five days, as people slip on ice and trip over fallen trees.
According to local Governor Oleg Kozhemyako, the region of Primorye, of which Vladivostok is capital, needs generators and equipment to restore power lines.
The federal Ministry of Emergency Situations has already announced that the area will receive eight diesel generators.
Speaking to the press on Monday afternoon, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted that the regional leadership “is making every possible effort to cope,” but the situation is so severe that “it cannot be done as quickly as we would like.”
Peskov also noted that the federal government has created a special commission to work on fixing the crisis.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News2020.