Source Pravda.Ru

Till Cold Do Us Part

People in the Russian North are freezing

Russians have the following saying: no one will take care of you if you do not take care of yourself. It seems that local authorities of Russia’s coldest regions know this saying very well. The public utilities complex of the republic of Yakutia has turned out to be completely unprepared for the fierce winter cold.

The local authorities ordered the industrial enterprises of the Yakutia republic to produce small stoves to heating apartment buildings. Those little stoves are known in Russia as burzhuika, or “little bourgeois.” These wood-powered stoves are called this onlty because it was only “rich” people who could afford them after the revolution of 1917. This information was released on Monday by the press service of the Far East department of the Russian EMERCOM.

The press secretary of the department, Tatiana Popkova, said that breakdowns happened in boiler houses very frequently due to the severe frost. The administration of the republic, as well as EMERCOM services, started looking for additional ways to provide heat for people. The first batch of 70 stoves has been completed today at the Zhataysk ship-building factory. The stoves will be shipped to the settlement of Kyzyl Syr, where people are freezing in their houses. The press service also informed that such stoves will be shipped to other cities and towns of the republic: Lensk, Neryungry, and Mirny.

Russian EMERCOM informed that Yakutia was not the only region of Russia that is unprepared for the severe winter. Heating problems are occuring in various regions of the Russian Federation, all over the country. Two thousand eight hundred and seventy-two people are deprived of heat in the city of Saratov. There are 702 kids among them. The heat stopped because of a breakdown at a local boiler house. As a result, seven nine-storey apartment buildings have no sources of heat. Yet, as the EMERCOM press service informed, the supply of heat has been resumed to two buildings, in which 545 people live.

Akhtyam Akhtyrov PRAVDA.Ru

Translated by Dmitry Sudakov

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