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Typhoon Bolaven makes changes to traffic on Far East Railway

August 29, 2012, 11:17 UTC+3

The typhoon has left the south of Primorsky Territory and moves to the north-east, to Khabarovsk

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VLADIVOSTOK, August 29 (Itar-Tass) — Typhoon Bolaven makes changes to the traffic schedule on the Far Eastern Railway section in Primorsky Territory, the railway’s press service told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

The hurricane with the speed of 30-35 m/s knocked down foreign debris on power lines that led to the failure that affected the movement of passenger, suburban and freight trains, the press service said.

“The traffic was not stopped in full. Reserve power lines were used. By 3.40 a.m. the problem has been fixed,” the press service said.

All services of the Far Eastern Railway have worked hard. Meteorologists forecast different rain intensities. The most abundant rainfalls are expected to affect the Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk section of the railway: at least 50 mm of precipitations can fall in these areas in the 12 hours. The wind will be of 18-25 metres per second while it can be of 30 m/s in Sakhalin.

The typhoon has left the south of Primorsky Territory and moves to the north-east, to Khabarovsk. The sun shines in Vladivostok with the wind of 25-27 metres per second. The ferry service does not function and the movement across the bridge through the Eastern Bosphorus Strait is closed.

Consumers in four settlements in Primorsky Territory, including Zanadvorovka, Barabash, Beregovoye and Volno-Nadezhdinskoye, remain without electricity supply. Primorsky Territory units deal with fixing the problem. Electricity supply will be restored in the short run.

The Gornostai hydraulic power unit in Vladivostok has left without electricity.

The city authorities have begun coping with the consequences of the typhoon.

Meanwhile, the typhoon is approaching the north of Sakhalin. A storm warning has been issued on the island, according to spokesman to the Emergencies Main Directorate for Sakhalin Alexander Ivelsky.

Rainfalls and the wind of 30 metres per second are expected on August 30 (in the afternoon) and on August 31 (at night).

Rescuers warn that the typhoon can violate the work of transport and economic facilities. Residents are warned to refrain from leaving their houses and be careful when power lines break, power pylons and trees fall.

All means and forces of Sakhalin rescuers are on high alert.

Typhoon Bolaven hit the Republic of Korea, North Korea and other countries. About 100 fishing boats had to take refuge from the disaster.

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