MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Violent thunderstorms have left some 73,000 people in and around 900 settlements in the Russian Central Federal District without electric power, the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s department in the Central Federal District said in Saturday statement.
“As a result of bad weather conditions … power supply to around 900 settlements, where around 73,000 residents live, has been disrupted on the territories of the Vladimir, Ivanovo, Tver, Smolensk, Ryazan, Moscow, and Tula regions,” the statement read.
Some 5,000 workers and 1,800 pieces of equipment are involved in restoring electricity in the Russian Central Federal District, where these regions are located, the statement added.
The document noted that 12 people had been injured and 16 trees fell down in the district as a result of the bad weather conditions.
Meanwhile, the Moscow United Electric Grid Company, providing electricity to the residents of Moscow and the Moscow Region, said it had restored power supply at all significant social infrastructure objects in the Russian capital after the major blackout caused by the thunderstorm.
The company added that over 580 workers and 170 pieces of equipment were involved in dealing with the consequences of the power outage.Earlier in the day, the Russian Hydrometeorological Research Center issued the orange danger level for central Russia, meaning that natural disasters are likely in the area.
The Emergencies Ministry said subsequently that Moscow and the Moscow Region had been hit by heavy rain and snow with the speed of wind raising up to 25 meters per second (82 feet per second).