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A cyclone that has swept Russia's Sakhalin Island has smothered with snow the whole western coast of the island
A cyclone that has swept Russia's Sakhalin Island has smothered with snow the whole western coast of the island. Avalanches are coming down from the mountains on roads. The largest avalanche of 800 cubic metres on Wednesday blocked a motor road in the area of the Gornozavodsk settlement. The snow layer was three metres deep on it. According to a duty officer of the Motor Road Department of the Sakhalin region, there is no traffic between the Tomari, Ilyinsky, Gornozavodsk and Shebunino settlements. Traffic is complicated on roads between the Nevelsk, Kholmsk and Chekhov cities. About 100 bulldozers and other heavy machinery have been employed in the operation to clear the roads of snow. A storm that has subsided in the Tatar Strait has made it possible to resume ferry navigation between Sakhalin and the mainland Russia. Four diesel-electric ships have set out on their way from the Vanino port in the Khabarovsk territory to the Kholmsk port on Sakhalin. Each of them carries 100 passengers and 26 railway cars with cargoes. The Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport has resumed operation. According to the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's main department for the Sakhalin region, electric power transmission lines and all housing and public utilities systems have been working uninterruptedly on Sakhalin and Kurile Islands. The powerful cyclone that has been raging over the islands for two days has moved on to the Pacific Ocean and Kamchatka Peninsula.
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