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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Death Toll In Far East Snow Storms Reaches 8

The death toll from blizzards which have raged over Russia's far eastern island of Sakhalin has reached eight, local media said Tuesday.

The storms have cut off Sakhalin, a strip of land running down Russia's Pacific Ocean coast, from the mainland. Traffic has been paralysed in some areas and people stuck in cars for hours in big snow drifts.

Interfax quoted Sakhalin officials as saying that the eighth person found dead was a woman whose legs were revealed sticking out of the snow by a blast of wind.

Five people have died after being trapped in cars, either by suffocating from carbon monoxide poisoning or from hypothermia. Two other people froze on the streets, where some snow drifts have reached almost to the top of traffic light poles.

Russian television showed footage of near-deserted streets with a military armoured car using its tracks to beat a path through the snow.

Some villages lost power supplies and authorities have declared a state of emergency in some areas.