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A powerful cyclone that swept Kamchatka made the local authorities declare an emergency regime in Petropavlovsk- Kamchatsky
A powerful cyclone that swept Kamchatka made the local authorities declare an emergency regime in Petropavlovsk- Kamchatsky. Classes have been cancelled at secondary schools. More than fifty people have suffered over the past two days. Five people who received serious injuries were hospitalized. A boatswain of the Alagez military vessel died because of an accident caused by the storm. The ship was harbored in the settlement of Zavoikovo near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, according to Yevgeny Petrov, a spokesman for the troops headquarters in the northeast of Russia. In Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, thirty-eight people asked for medical help on Thursday and another 20 on Friday. Fifteen patients broke legs and arms while falling in gale wind. Numerous billboards, trees and electricity lines were damaged, as well as building roofs and windows. The airport and schools in Kamchatka remained closed for the second day running on Friday, while the fleet is hiding in ports because of force 7 storms. All flights to Kamchatka from Russia's mainland have been delayed until December 3 because of a heavy cyclone continuing in Kamchatka, the dispatcher’s service of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski airport told Tass. Flights performed to Kamchatka from St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk and Krasnoyarsk has been delayed. The Transaero Airlines Company has delayed a flight from Moscow until December 4. Local airline companies will not perform flights in Kamchatka until Saturday. During a brief spell of clear weather on Friday, a few flights heading for Vladivostok and Novosibirsk managed to safely take off from the peninsula. First Deputy city mayor Nikolai Petrov said the cyclone inflicted heavy losses on the regional centre. A special group has been set up to assess the damages and collect data about ruined houses, Power supply from the Mutnovskaya geothermal electric station to the central power supply unit has been cut off. At present, electric power supply is 2,5 percent short of the needed capacity. Reserve thermal power generators have been used in Petropavlovsk- Kamchatsky to prevent serous power shortages in the city. According to the city mayor’s office, water purification facilities are off. Water has been supplied to Peropavlopvsk-Kamchatsky from a water collector in the Yelizovo regional center. Areas suffering from water shortages are supplied with water delivered by tank trucks. A storm warning still remains in effect.
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