Kyiv hit by big snow­fall as cold kills at least 10 peo­ple in Ukraine

Kyiv Post - - National -

A woman walks be­tween snow-cov­ered bushes in Kyiv on Jan. 17. The cold snap that hit west­ern Ukraine ear­lier in the week ar­rived in Kyiv on Jan. 17, with the cap­i­tal see­ing a few cen­time­ters of snow fall overnight and into the morn­ing. At least 10 peo­ple were re­ported by Ukrainian me­dia to have died due to the cold snap with tem­per­a­tures as lows as -12 Cel­sius. As of Jan. 18, the snow­fall had left 63 towns and vil­lages across five oblasts with­out power, ac­cord­ing the press ser­vice of the State Emer­gen­cies Ser­vice. In Kyiv, the snow caused lit­tle dis­rup­tion to traf­fic, al­though sev­eral ac­ci­dents were re­ported on high­ways sur­round­ing the city. Mean­while, there have been warn­ings of avalanche dan­gers in Ukraine’s Carpathian Moun­tains in the west, in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast and Zakarpat­tia Oblast. Snow is in the fore­cast for Jan. 19. (Kostyan­tyn Ch­er­nichkin)

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