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Cyclone leaves parts of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk without electricity

Several districts in the Sakhalin city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk are still facing electricity shortages after a cyclone hitting the island on January 7 to 8, the press centre of the mayor's office reported on Wednesday.

The sources said electricity supply has not yet been restored to 63 private and municipal houses. Repair brigades work at the site.

Road services are restoring a highway section near the port of Nevelsk, where about 100 meters of the road were washed out by stormy waves. Work is to be finished in three days.

A woman in Yuzhno-Kurilsk on Kunashir Island was injured during the cyclone, when the roof was torn off from a house and a piece of it hit her head, causing concussion.

Five to six cyclones hit Sakhalin and Kuriles in the wintertime, triggering avalanches. The worst avalanche was registered in Sakhalin in 1945, when 149 people were buried under the snow. In 1950, an avalanche killed 20 people in the settlement of Nevodskoye.

© Itar-Tass

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