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Siberia’s Omsk region cleaning up hurricane aftermath

April 27, 2014, 11:19 UTC+3 OMSK
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OMSK, April 27. /ITAR-TASS/. South-western Siberia’s Omsk region is cleaning up aftermath of hurricane which had raged in the region on Saturday.

Strong winds of up to 30 metres per second destroyed or damaged the roofs of more than 550 buildings in 24 districts of the region, chief press officer of the regional emergency situation department Aleksey Puryshev told Itar-Tass on Sunday. More than 345 buildings are private houses and apartment blocks in which around 5.5 thousand people live as well as social facilities. The roof of the local swimming pool Avangard was fully torn off in the regional capital city of Omsk. Total area of damages has reached 12.2 thousand square metres.

Tens of billboards, trees, trade stands were fallen and several cars were damaged. A 23-year-old woman died in the local village of Troitskoye after the bus stop had collapsed. Other five people were taken to hospital with different injuries, including heavy ones, Puryshev noted.

Electric power supply was disrupted and power lines were broken in 26 from 31 rural districts in the region over the natural disaster.

An emergency was announced in the region on Saturday.

More than 100 emergency groups, more than one thousand people and around 300 units of machinery, including more than 260 people and over 70 units of machinery from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations are participating in restoration works. Governor of Omsk Region Viktor Nazarov is controlling progress of restoration.

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