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Freezing residents told to stay quiet over incident that has left them without heat or power

By The Siberian Times Reporter
20 January 2015

Wind brought down power lines but one week later some locals are freezing as thermometers plunge to minus 20C.

'Is there a way that you can trace anonymous authors that write about the accident?' Picture: vk.com

A north Siberian town has been left without power, heating and water amid temperatures of -20C, with freezing residents ordered not to speak about the problem.

High winds brought down power lines in Dudinka, in Krasnoyarsk Krai, last week prompting problems with electricity supplies and causing the city boiler to stop working. Officials in the small town, which has a population of about 22,000, declared a state of emergency following the storm on January 14.

Local media reported the same day that the boiler had been fixed, yet residents in the community insisted they still had no heating in their houses.

A week on and giant icicles can be seen hanging from many frost-covered residential buildings, with people having to use a fitness centre in order just to take a shower. Power and heating has been restored to many schools and kindergartens, but a number of homes are still not back to normal.

And with temperatures expected to dip to at least -40C this weekend, residents have taken to social media sites to alert the public to their plea, with the hashtag 'Dudinka is freezing' trending on many Russian networks over the past few days.

Freezing residents told to stay quiet over incident that has left them without heat or power


Freezing residents told to stay quiet over incident that has left them without heat or power


Freezing residents told to stay quiet over incident that has left them without heat or power


Freezing residents told to stay quiet over incident that has left them without heat or power


Freezing residents told to stay quiet over incident that has left them without heat or power


Freezing residents told to stay quiet over incident that has left them without heat or power 
Facing -40C weekend, Dudinka, Krasnoyarsk Krai. Pictures here and below: vk.com


The administrator of the 'Heard in Dudinka' social group even published a screenshot of correspondence received warning them not to publish posts about the problem.

The message reads: 'Is there a way that you can trace anonymous authors that write about the accident? They will be found anyway, it is only a matter of time. Do not publish this message'.

Local resident Galina Ilyina said: 'We are trying to keep the mood up and holding it not to get desperate, even though there is a strong feeling that nature is winning here. For some reason cold water is also off, so we can’t boil water to make some hot tea'.

Other people say they have been 'extremely lucky' so far with milder temperatures of -20C, but there is concern with the mercury set to dip to -40C over the weekend.

While Dudinka is a small town its port on the banks of the Yenisey river is vital for the region, processing cargo for the Norilsk Mining and Smelting Factory as well as shipping materials such as coal and ore.

Freezing residents told to stay quiet over incident that has left them without heat or power


Freezing residents told to stay quiet over incident that has left them without heat or power


Freezing residents told to stay quiet over incident that has left them without heat or power

Comments (6)

I hope the problem will solved as soon as possible.
Its hard t endure a wintertime -20° till 40°. Very hard, I can't imagine how difficult it is.
wwjd
wwjd, <
30/01/2015 18:51
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'we can’t boil water to make some hot tea'
When civilised values fall away and it becomes impossible to retrieve them, it's then, in those small quiet observances that each people has to reflect and remember, that each one of us can reconnect to our values. What a pity that the folks of Dudinka can't even get a decent cuppa.
Parky, Skipton
29/01/2015 21:11
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Guys is the problem solved now or not ?
from Serbia, Belgrade
29/01/2015 19:09
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Lazar, your mind is already polluted from the Kremlin side; & another thing you must like reading innumerable junk mail & spam...seeing you're reading all my comments. Still, at the same time, you're getting a good education from me about the real news of Russia & the world, aren't you?
Jaker, Dundalk.
23/01/2015 10:40
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Jaker I wish someone would protect the planet from low life like you, who pollute ignorant peoples minds with your hate mongering lies, by the way your innumerable comments are worst that junk mail and email spam put together.
Lazar, Moscow
23/01/2015 06:58
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Does Putin care about his people? He should send electric generators there to help them for the time being, till the Electricity Company have the problem properly fixed.

Also, the authorities won't help the village of Beryozovka where people are mysteriously falling ill (& still are) because they think it's to do with a nearby gas & oil field. Again, authorities won't help them evacuate saying that they are too far away from same gas/oil field. Excuses, Excuses, Excuses.
Jaker, Dundalk
22/01/2015 05:11
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