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State of emergency imposed in Tula Region hit by whirlwind

May 23, 2013, 12:18 UTC+3
On Wednesday, the southern and central districts of the city of Yefremov, the Tula Region, were severely hit by a "small tornado"
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MOSCOW, May 23 (Itar-Tass) - A state of emergency is imposed in the Tula Region, in accordance with the governor's directions, the Emergencies Ministry's regional department told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the southern and central districts of the city of Yefremov, the Tula Region, were severely hit by a "small tornado".

Emergencies ministry sources told Itar-Tass that 213 constructions, including 179 residential buildings, where almost 5,000 people reside, were damaged. Windows in buildings were shattered, roof sheets were torn off. The roofs of five schools and two kindergartens were damaged. Among the damaged sites are nine administrative buildings -- the administration, a museum, the prosecutor's office. the city gas service office, the tax police office, the treasury, a garment factory, a repair station and the registry service -- and 18 stores. More than 50 trees and 15 light poles fell. Twenty houses are still left without electricity.

Twenty people needed medical care, including three children. One person is hospitalized.

More than 3,500 people are mobilized to deal with the consequences.

The work to clear the areas of debris and broken trees and resume electricity supply to 20 private houses is expected to be completed by 18:00 this Thursday, the Russian Emergencies Ministry's information department said.

Six km of roads are already cleared, and 400 cub/m of debris is carried away.

According to the preliminary estimates, 3,300 sq m of slate and 750 sq m of glass must be replaced.

Mobile teams are sent to the site from the Lipetsk and Oryol regions.

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