Bad weather affects eight airports in Russia

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MOSCOW. December 27. KAZINFORM Bad weather has affected eight airports in Russia, namely those of Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Magnitogorsk, Cheboksary, Nizhny Novgorod, Ulyanovsk, Yaroslavl and Moscow' s Domodedovo; Kazinform refers to Itar-Tass.

About 100 flights have been delayed at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport and another 50 at Sheremetyevo, Federal Air Transport Service head Alexander Neradko said on the Rossiya 24 channel.

In his words, four planes routed for Vnukovo had to land elsewhere, as the Vnukovo runway was receiving an anti-icing treatment at the moment.

"Thirteen domestic flights have departed from Domodedovo," Neradko said. "These are the flights whose passengers practically stopped checking in by 10:00 a.m. The airport administration did its best to ensure at least some of the departures."

"Yet the situation remains difficult, and passengers are recommended to stay home," Neradko said.

Meanwhile, power supply is resumed in all the segments of the Moscow railroad but the Moscow-Cherusti line, railroad spokesman Vladimir Myagkov told Itar-Tass.

"Only diesel locomotives are operational on the Moscow-Cherusti line," he said.

It will take time to fully normalize the traffic, the official said.

Power supply to automatic control and telemechanic systems ceased at 6:30 a.m. Moscow time, which caused traffic delays on some lines of the Moscow railroad, Myagkov said.

"Hundreds of trees snapped under the heavy icing, and many of them damaged parked cars, street kiosks and bus stations," the source noted.

Citizens are not recommended to visit city parks. "The icy trees keep snapping and falling down, so we put up signs at the park entry. We ask Muscovites not to visit city parks for a while because that might be dangerous," a representative of the Biryulyovo Dendro-Park told Itar-Tass.

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