Freezing rain affects traffic in Moscow

Updated: 2010-12-26 18:05


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MOSCOW- Railways and one international airport in Moscow region were affected by the power outage caused by freezing rain Sunday, local media reported.

The freezing rain, which hit the Russian capital on Saturday, has turned the city roads into icy sheets and caused major railway traffic disturbances in the Moscow region, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

The power outage delayed railway services, including commuter trains, Moscow Railway spokesman Vladimir Myagkov told Interfax Sunday.

Trains heading in virtually all directions have been delayed, he said.

Meanwhile, the power supply in Moscow's Domodedovo airport has also been cut off, as the freezing rain prompted the airport to suspend its operations since 10:00 a.m. Moscow time (0700 GMT), a spokesman of the airport said.

"Partial disruptions in power were caused by the cable disconnection due to the icing of the main power substations in the village of Volodarsky and in Podolsk," the spokesman said.

The power disruptions in airport disabled passenger check-in systems, information systems and other airport infrastructure, but it will not affect the flight safety, Russian Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsia said.

The freezing rain also cut off electricity in some 100 localities in Moscow region, said the regional emergency department.

Russia's chief sanitary doctor recommended Muscovites to stay home to avoid being injured on icy roads.


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