The southern region of Odesa in Ukraine is grappling with a snowstorm and heavy rain amidst the ongoing conflict with Russia. Due to the storm, roads are flooded, trees are uprooted, and power lines are down, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity. The havoc caused by the snowy storm has so far resulted in the rescue of 2,500 people.
Local governor Oleh Kipar reported that thousands have been affected due to the inclement weather. The storm has uprooted trees and knocked down power lines, leaving numerous people without electricity. Kipar stated that even now, hundreds of vehicles are stranded due to the storm. Relief and rescue efforts are underway on a broad scale. So far, 849 vehicles, including 24 buses and 17 ambulances, have been evacuated from the storm.
Five Deaths Reported in Ukraine
According to Reuters, at least five people have died in Ukraine, and neighboring Moldova has reported three deaths due to the storm. Snowfall and strong winds have caused power outages in hundreds of towns and villages, with major roads closed. Reports indicate that at least 19 people in Ukraine and 10 in Moldova are injured. The weather department predicts a possibility of further worsening conditions.
President Zelensky on the Dangerous Storm
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the snowy storm, stating that five people have died in the southern Odesa region. He expressed concerns that the death toll could rise further. Prior to this, the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy revealed that power stations failed due to uprooted trees and damaged power lines, leaving nearly 150,000 homes without electricity in the region. In response to the dangerous impact of the storm, hundreds of people have been safely relocated to secure places. Relief and rescue operations are still ongoing in Odesa.