In Siberia, they are eliminating the consequences of a hurricane, the strength of which has not been observed by local meteorologists over the entire period of observation - at least the last 60 years. Last weekend, wind gusts in some regions reached 37 m/s. Four people were killed and 20 more were injured. More than 260 thousand people were left without electricity, trees were knocked down, roofs were torn off, and various buildings were damaged. Utilities and rescue workers are clearing debris, rebuilding infrastructure and assessing the damage. Meteorologists warn that the weather will continue to be unstable in the second half of November, although no catastrophic consequences are predicted.
Hurricane winds caused by a cyclone from Kazakhstan affected six regions of Siberia in one way or another. In Kuzbass, a 58-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman died as a result of bad weather. How told in the Investigative Committee of the Investigative Committee in the Kemerovo region, a tree fell on the car they were in during a hurricane. A 71-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man were also in the cabin; they were hospitalized. Investigators opened a criminal case for negligence (Part 3 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) due to the lack of measures to prevent dangerous consequences. Another criminal case under the article on causing death by negligence (Article 109 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) is being investigated after the death of a Belovo resident who worked as a security guard at one of the enterprises: on the afternoon of November 19, he died as a result of the roof of the building falling. And after an advertising structure fell on a resident of Novokuznetsk a case has been opened according to Part 2 of Art. 238 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (provision of poor-quality services resulting in serious harm to human health) - the victim is in serious condition in intensive care.
Wind speed in Novokuznetsk reached 37 m/s, said Mayor Sergei Kuznetsov. A state of emergency has been introduced in the city.
A similar decision was made in Prokopyevsk. On November 19, the governor of the Kemerovo region introduced a high alert regime in the region. According to the region's Ministry of Emergency Situations, electricity was turned off in 143 boiler houses, eight main water intakes, and nine coal enterprises. According to official data, the disaster damaged the roofs of more than 150 houses and administrative buildings, injuring 18 people.
A high alert regime was also introduced in the Krasnoyarsk Territory - gusts here reached 20 m/s. The mayor of Krasnoyarsk, Vladislav Loginov, said that houses, social institutions and roads in more than 50 areas were damaged in the city. In the Omsk region, due to a power outage, communication interruptions occurred in 17 districts of the region.
The mayor of Omsk, Sergei Shelest, said that “almost the full monthly norm of precipitation” fell overnight.
The head of the region, Vitaly Khotsenko, introduced a high alert regime throughout the entire region until further notice.
In the Altai Territory, according to the regional Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, one person died, but the department did not disclose the details of the incident. The publication Amic, citing the regional Ministry of Health, reported that the woman who died in Barnaul “tried to hold the roof of the house”, which was blown away by the wind. Three people were hospitalized. One of the women was hit by a billboard, the second by an entrance door, and the third was injured when she fell from a gust of wind. Traffic was closed on a number of highways in the region. “We had to introduce traffic restrictions because trees were falling onto the roadway,” explained Governor Viktor Tomenko.
In total, according to the Ministry of Energy, on November 19, due to massive power outages, 264 thousand people were left without electricity.
Currently, specialists from regional departments are assessing the extent of damage caused by the hurricane. In Krasnoyarsk, according to operational services, the most serious damage was sustained by the technical school building on Kurchatov Street, residential buildings, and school No. 134. At these sites, work was promptly organized to preserve the thermal circuit, and now the issue of financing the necessary repairs is being resolved. In the Irkutsk region, according to Governor Igor Kobzev, 42 brigades of energy supply organizations and 35 units of equipment are involved in restoration work. In Omsk, work on the repair and maintenance of energy facilities and the maintenance of roads in the city will continue around the clock. In Novokuznetsk and Prokopyevsk, work continues to restore electricity, water supply and heating. Some schools switched to remote learning on Monday.
The press service of the government of the Irkutsk region noted that by the morning of November 20, 42 settlements in six districts of the Angara region remained without electricity.
In total, 4,028 residential buildings were disconnected, housing 14.6 thousand people, as well as 47 socially significant institutions. The regional Ministry of Emergency Situations added that 42 emergency crews were deployed for restoration work. By evening, power supply was restored. Only the village of Dalniy, Nizhneilimsk district, remained without electricity - 35 residential buildings, where 36 people live.
As Anna Lapchik, head of the Hydrometeorological Center of the Federal State Budgetary Institution West Siberian Hydrometeorological Service, told Kommersant, weather forecasters published a warning about wind speed up to 35 m/s, icy conditions and snowstorms on November 17th. Two-thirds of the stations (23 out of 35) that are part of the organization reported gusts of up to 35 m/s on November 19, which has not been observed during the entire existence of the West Siberian Administration for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring - more than 60 years. “The release of warm air and the collapse of Arctic air caused the rapid displacement of the cyclone and the emergence of a hurricane,” Ms. Lapchik commented. According to climatologists, in the second half of November the weather will continue to be unstable, the air temperature will be warm, but no catastrophic consequences are predicted.