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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Heating System Struggles in Siberian Town

Cold weather that overwhelmed heating plants has left thousands shivering in Russia's Siberian and Far East regions, according to television reports Monday.

In Novosibirsk, some 2,800 kilometers east of Moscow, 27 apartment high-rises were left without heat after a steam pipe broke, government RTR television reported Monday.

Outside temperatures rose only to minus 40 Celsius during the daytime. Other buildings were left without electricity as well when massive use of portable electric heaters triggered circuit breakers, NTV reported.

More than 2,000 people were left without heat after a malfunction in the city of Chita in eastern Siberia, ORT television said.

Russian apartments generally get central heat from central municipal plants. Facilities are often dilapidated due to money problems.

In the town of Novo-Shaktinsk in the Primorye region in the Far East, workers were still struggling to restore heat to hundreds of people after a Dec. 26 failure of the town's heating station. Children were being taken to sanitoriums that still had head outside town, RTR said.