Heavy snowfall leads to blackout in Moscow region

Moscow faces the worst blackout in post-Soviet history after heavy snowfalls.

Updated: Jan 02, 2011, 20:42 PM IST

Moscow: For the second time in just over a
week, the Moscow Region has faced the worst blackout in its
post-Soviet history following heavy snowfalls and strong winds
in Russia.

Strong winds, freezing rain and heavy snowfalls have
again led to large areas in Moscow suburbs and rural region
without power, which was restored on the New Year Eve after a
six-day of outage caused by devastating icy rain storm on
December 25.

Power outage was registered in 88 towns and villages
in the Ramensky, Podolsk, Pavlovo-Posad and Orekhovo-Zuyevo
districts, the Moscow United Electric Grid Company (MOESK) was
quoted as saying by Vesti FM radio.

Due to power outage, the heating of residential
buildings is also down in the nearby major science city of
Troitsk, which is home to top institutes, including Institute
of Nuclear Physics.

Just one week ago, Moscow Region faced worst blackout
in its post-Soviet history as freezing rain led to icing of
transmission lines and their rupture under the weight of ice
affecting one of the country`s busiest Domodedovo Airport and
disrupting movement of commuter trains around.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had told Moscow Region
Governor Boris Gromov and Energy Minister to go to blacked out
villages to celebrate New Year with the anguished residents.

Thousands of Muscovites, who are spending their 10-day
long New Year and Orthodox Christmas (January 7) holidays in
their country home (Dacha) have also been badly hit by the
latest power outage.