Annular eclipse will be visible in South America, Africa on Feb 26Science & Space February 26, 3:24
HNC expects Trump to correct Obama's mistakes in Syria - delegation headWorld February 26, 3:08
War on terror to dominate Geneva talks — Syrian UN envoyWorld February 25, 23:48
Russian skier wins gold in skiathlon at 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski ChampionshipsSport February 25, 17:46
Top US Air Force general points to growing conflict potential in Syrian airspaceWorld February 25, 17:17
Iran relies on Russia’s support in production of fuel for nuclear power plantsBusiness & Economy February 25, 16:20
Ukrainian military capture Donetsk water purification plant — spokesmanWorld February 25, 15:05
Azerbaijan and Armenia report armed clashes in Karabakh conflict areaWorld February 25, 11:45
Head of Russian delegation to OSCE PA says Ukraine not ready for dialogueRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 25, 5:02
VLADIKAVKAZ, January 26 (Itar-Tass) - Both mountain pass roads linking Russia with the Trans-Caucasian region are closed due to the heavy snowfall, a Russian Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman in North Ossetia Yulia Starchenko told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
Due to the snowfall and the threat of avalanches and the impossibility to ensure safe transport traffic, the decision is taken to ban traffic across the checkpoints of Verkhny Lars and Nizhny Zaramag, she said.
Thus, the automobile transport links to Georgia and South Ossetia are closed until further notice.
Nine people were evacuated from the closed Trans-Caucasian road by the morning. They were blocked in two cars between two avalanches. The drivers went to the mountain section of the road before it was closed.
Rescuers opened warm stations for drivers near the checkpoints. As soon as the weather allows, snow masses will be fired at to cause controlled avalanches and the roads will be cleared of snow.