With temperatures plunging to around -40C (which happens to be precisely -40F as well) during a powerful storm, a Siberian town found itself, quite literally, frozen solid, after its water main burst.
When the residents of Dudinka, central Siberia, emerged from their homes after a powerful storm had passed, they found their town frozen into a huge block of ice up to their waists.
Dudinka is a town of about 22,000 residents in Krasnoyarsk Krai, a large territory in the middle of Siberia, which borders the Arctic Ocean. As with many towns in Siberia, hot water in Dudinka is provided to apartment blocks from a power plant where it is centrally heated and then piped into the homes. (Scroll down for the video report of the storm’s aftermath.)
1. A harsh storm cause the water pipes to burst in this Siberian town, and with temperatures around -40F, the water froze solid in the streets.
2. A truck is encased in some 4ft of ice on a street in Dudinka, Siberia, after the storm.
3. Residents in Dudinka shared images of their plight on Russian social media.
4. A van is frozen solid in the street.
Though many homes in Dudinka were left without water and electricity in the wake of the storm, internet connections remained on and residents shared images and videos of their plight on social media. Local government spokesman Eugene Gerasimov said:
Anybody in doubt of exactly how cold it is here just need to look at the pictures. Even the hot water pipes were freezing, and the water that flooded out quickly formed into a solid block.
Several photos show vehicles encased in 4-foot-thick ice blocks from the frozen water mains and others show huge icicles clinging to the exteriors of apartment complexes.
Mr. Gerasimov said officials had declared a state of emergency.
5. Residents have been forced to queue up to collect running water before carrying away their supplies in plastic bottles.
6. Dudinka is located in Krasnoyarsk Krai, a large territory in the middle of Siberia that sits close to the Arctic Ocean.
7. Two residents survey the hard, icy surface outside a block of flats in the town.
8. A picture taken indoors looking out shows how snow and ice is so deep it has even covered cars on the street.
And here is one resident’s video report of the disaster:
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