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Snowstorm hits Sakhalin Island

A heavy snowstorm hit Sakhalin on Wednesday, paralyzing traffic on the Russian Far Eastern island, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

The Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport was closed and ferry service between the island and the mainland suspended, as a blizzard struck with winds of up to 30 meters per second, the report said.

Traffic on local roads was brought to a standstill and road links between some cities and towns were cut off, as snow-clearing machines were kept off the roads due to poor visibility, the report said.

The danger of avalanches has also increased, it said.

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