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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cold Kills 16 in Moscow

Sixteen people died of hypothermia in Moscow over the past week and 114 were hospitalized because of the cold, a health official said Monday.

Of those hospitalized, 21 suffered from frostbite and one was struck by a falling icicle, said Lyubov Zhomova, a spokeswoman with the Moscow City health committee.

The deaths brought to 104 the number of people who have died of hypothermia in the capital since Oct. 10. Officials have said most were homeless people or alcoholics who passed out in the freezing weather.

Meanwhile, severe winter weather caused central heating systems to fail in 142 apartment houses in Russia's Primorsky territory in the Far East Monday, affecting about 16,000 people, said Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Alexander Balykin.

Primorsky and some other Russian regions are mired in an energy crisis prompted by a cycle of debts that has left thousands cold and in the dark for weeks at a time this winter.

In the town of Khingansk in the Jewish Autonomous District in Russia's Far east, eight apartment buildings lost heat as temperatures dropped to -50 Celsius Sunday, ITAR-Tass reported Monday. The report did not mention any injuries from the cold.