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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Snowfall Hits Power Supplies

Heavy snowfall on Monday complicated the efforts of repair crews attempting to restore power supplies to a number of areas in the Moscow region, a spokesman for the local electricity network company said, Interfax reported.

Moscow Unified Electricity Grid spokesman Alexander Shapochkin said in a statement that as soon as one site was reconnected to the grid, another was cut by breakages of cables caused by trees falling under the weight of snow.

"Every effort is being undertaken to restore electricity supplies by the end of this evening," Shapochkin said Monday, Interfax reported. "We are being assisted by the Emergency Situations Ministry, the armed forces and even construction companies, which have enlisted workers to help remove trees that fell on power lines."

A ministry official in the Moscow region told Interfax on Monday that 40,000 households were still suffering from power cuts. He added that it was not clear whether they would be reconnected to the power grid by the end of the day.

National utility Unified Energy System said earlier that it expected to restore electricity to all households in the Moscow region by the end of Monday, Interfax reported.

"Power has already been restored to most large residential areas and we are actively working to restore electricity to the remaining districts," a UES spokeswoman said, the agency reported.

She said 18 crews were working on restoring electricity in the affected areas.

In the Smolensk region, up to 200 residential settlements also suffered power cuts Sunday. Some of these places had power restored by early Monday, Interfax reported.