Rescuers are forced to use armored personnel carriers as severe weather rages in Ukraine, blocking highways. Photos
For the second day in a row, bad weather continues to rage in Ukraine, with heavy snow and powerful wind gusts creating snowdrifts and paralyzing traffic on the highways, and power lines down in many settlements. Rescuers and road builders are working non-stop, even using armored personnel carriers to clear the roads, while power companies are returning electricity to Ukrainian homes.
At the same time, weather forecast ers are predicting deteriorating weather conditions in a number of southern and central regions on November 27, so citizens were urged not to travel unless necessary. In some regions, roads were closed to avoid creating more emergencies.
OBOZ.UA monitors the weather situation in the country online, publishing photos and videos of the disaster.
What is happening in the regions?
Odesa region suffered the most, where the bad weather resulted in casualties. As of 07:00, district police departments had received 71 reports of road accidents, including nine with victims. No one was killed or hospitalized.
In a number of districts, facts of buses running off the road were recorded. The response efforts are ongoing. All services are working in an intensified mode: snow is being cleared and roads are being sprinkled with anti-icing materials.
On Monday morning, drivers and passengers of dozens of cars and trucks met the dawn on the Kyiv highway, 160 kilometers from Odesa. Huge snow drifts paralyzed traffic.
The National Guard joined the response efforts in Odesa region: military vehicles were used to clear snow drifts, tow stuck vehicles and evacuate people. The Southern Operational and Territorial Unit of the National Guard reported that the soldiers had already evacuated 225 people and 23 vehicles.
In Poltava region, 437 settlements, which is more than 18 thousand subscribers, are without power due to the weather. According to the regional state administration, the roads in the region are passable, and passenger transport is operating normally.
In the Kherson region, the disaster was caused not only by bad weather but also by Russian shelling.
In addition to these regions, the deterioration of conditions has spread to Mykolaiv, Vinnytsia, Cherkasy, Kirovohrad and some other regions. We are talking about wind gusts of up to 30 m/s.
On November 27, significant snow is forecast in Kyiv, Kirovohrad and Poltava regions (hazard level I, yellow), and heavy snow and snow dr ifts (hazard level II, orange) in Chernihiv, Sumy and Cherkasy regions. There is ice cover on the roads of the country (I level of danger, yellow).
Situation on the roads
As of Monday morning, several more road sections were closed inOdesa and Mykolaiv regions. In particular, due to snow, poor visibility and strong winds, traffic on the M-05 Kyiv-Odesa highway, km 274+435 - km 466+700, is closed to all types of vehicles.
According to the State Agency for the Restoration and Development of Infrastructure of Ukraine, traffic on the following roads is also prohibited:
M-13 Kropyvnytsky - Platonove (to Chisinau);
H-24 Blahovishchenske - Mykolaiv (via Voznesensk), km 42+476 - km 132+000 (from the border with Kirovohrad region to Voznesensk);
P-75 Tymkovs checkpoint - Balta - Pervomaisk - Domanivka - Oleksandrivka (within Mykolaiv region);
T-15-06 Mykolaiv - Domanivka - Berizky, km 120+000 - km 173+204 (from Domanivka);
T-15-10 /H-24/ - Arbuzynka - Yelanets - Nova Odesa, km 0+000 - km 70+000 (from the road H-24)
T-15-04 Pervomaisk - Novoukrainka, km 1+441 - km 29+445 (within Mykolaiv region).
"Please be careful and do not take to the roads unnecessarily. The recovery services are working continuously to ensure that the roads are free of traffic. The weather is getting worse - take care of yourself," the agency urged.
In Kirovograd region, the bad weather raged all night, with heavy snow, blizzard and wind gusts causing snowdrifts on the roads, especially in the western and central parts of the region.
This sharp deterioration in weather conditions has disrupted the movement of vehicles and to cope with the disaster, a temporary traffic restriction was introduced on the M-30 Stryi - Uman - Dnipro - Izvaryne highway from the border with Cherkasy region to Velyka Vyska.
Traffic restrictions are in place in the neighboring Cherkasy and Odesa regions. All emergency services are working in the regions. Hundreds of vehicles, as well as many rescuers, road builders and law enforcement officers, are working to clear the snow.
In addition, starting at 07:30 on Monday, November 27, the entry of large vehicles to Kyiv has been closed. The city military administration noted that this will minimize traffic jams and ensure the movement of snow removal equipment. The restrictions will remain in place until the conditions improve, around 10:00.
Managers of cargo transportation companies, including long-distance ones, were asked to take this information into account when planning routes and not to create a congestion of vehicles at the entrances to the capital.
Drivers were also urged to give preference to public transport in snowfall, not to leave their cars on sidewalks, roadside lanes and roadsides so as not to interfere with the work of special equipment.
Temporarily occupied territories
Mariupol, captured by Russian troops in the Donetsk region, has been affected by the weather. Electricity, water and heat are partially and unstable in the city. All central and not only avenues and roads are covered with broken trees, fragments of corrugated board, fences and garbage cans.
"Everything is torn up. The wind will only decrease by the evening. Therefore, while there is still light, we need power banks, fuel for generators, maximum heat in apartments, and water supplies. It will definitely be needed today and tomorrow at least," Petro Andriushchenko, the mayor's advisor, addressed the residents of the temporarily occupied city.
It was a turbulent night in occupied Crimea due to a storm. On the peninsula, gale force winds also felled trees and cut power lines, while the sea flooded some roads.
The occupation "authorities" urged Crimeans not to take to the streets and roads in private vehicles.
According to propagandists, one person has been killed, and there are injured and missing due to the bad weather in Crimea. Tens of thousands of subscribers were left without heating and electricity in a number of areas.
Thewind speed during the hurricane on the peninsula reached 144 km/h, in Simferopol and Sevastopol it felled about 200 trees, damaged 10 cars.
As OBOZ.UA reported, on the afternoon of Sunday, November 26, the snow "apocalypse" hit Odesa region first of all. The roads and streets were in chaos, and in the regional center the wind tore down a boiler house pipe.
At the same time, the sea burst its banks in the temporarily occupied Crimea. The storm was the largest on the peninsula in the last 100 years, and the sea waves washed away Russian trenches.