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300 people rescued in Altai region as snowstorm hit the roads

By Tamara Zubchuk
27 January 2017

Dozens of cars and buses were blocked by snow, prompting authorities to call a state of emergency. 

A state of emergency was called in the region, with rescuers from both Altai and Novosibirsk regions rushing to free people. Picture: Barnaul 22

A snowstorm that started two days ago blocked 44 cars and five buses on the road from Pospelikha to Kurya, with more than 170 people trapped inside. Three intercity buses got stuck in another area, capturing 121 passengers and drivers. 

Snowstorm


Snowstorm


Snowstorm


Snowstorm


Snowstorm


Emergency Ministry helps

'It took the rescuers several hours of a fight through snow drifts to reach people. Pictures: Barnaul 22, Ministry of Emergencies in Altai region

It was their relatives that raised alarm after the buses and cars were late to arrive at their destination, and as phone connections broke. 

A state of emergency was called in the region, with rescuers from both Altai and Novosibirsk regions rushing to free people. 

'It took the rescuers several hours of a fight through snow drifts to reach people. Everyone got safely evacuated to nearby villages, where temporary shelters and hot food points were organized,' a spokesman for the local Ministry of Emergencies said. 'All vehicles were rescued, too. 

Bus stuck in snowdrift


Bus stuck in snowdrift


Bus stuck in snowdrift


Bus stuck in snowdrift

Three intercity buses got stuck in another area, capturing 121 passengers and drivers. Pictures: ACT 54

'Several roads are still blocked, but we have four mobile rescuing squads that watch over the most dangerous areas and help those who get stuck in the snow. More than 1600 rescuers, 640 cars and other units of equipment are currently involved in the operation.'

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Very impressive.
Andres Suarez, Cancun, Mexico
01/02/2017 07:41
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