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Servicemen clear from snow over 200 km of roads in Volgograd region

December 13, 2013, 13:13 UTC+3 VOLGOGRAD

Military relocated and evacuated over 300 heavy trucks from the roads

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VOLGOGRAD, December 13. /ITAR-TASS/. In southern Russia’s Volgograd, where the emergency situation remains for the third day after a mighty snowstorm and snowfall, the municipal authorities had to turn to the military for assistance in rescuing Volgograd and neighbouring Volzhsky city from being captured in the snow.

Divisions of the engineering troops cleared from snow over 200 kilometres of roads in the two cities, as well as several passages of the federal roads.

“The military vehicles relocated and evacuated over 300 heavy trucks from the roads,” press service of the Southern military district told Itar-Tass.

The military have been using artillery tractors, armoured recovery vehicles and military technical service vehicles.

On the first day of the snowfall, the local authorities stopped work of the airport and suspended passenger buses’ operations. Bus stations received instructions not to allow commuter buses to operate routes. By now, they have resumed the services.

Drivers, who managed to get through the snowdrifts on the roads, could enjoy hot food and accommodation at specially organised stations. Off-road vehicles were used to deliver fuel to drivers.

The traffic along the federal roads resumed only on Thursday evening.

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