A big snowstorm caused some serious chaos in Ukraine, leading to at least 10 people dying and leaving a bunch of folks without power. It went on for three days and covered parts of the country in loads of heavy snow.
Big Problems and Rescue Ops
The Interior Minister, Ihor Klymenko, said that over 400 places in 11 different areas had no electricity. There were more than 1,500 people trying to help those who stuck. Unfortunately, 23 people got hurt, including two kids. The deaths happened in places like Odesa, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, and Kyiv.
Videos showed cops struggling against strong winds, trying to get cars back on icy roads. The storm even affected Crimea, and some Russian officials there said it was an emergency in certain parts.
More Troubles Ahead
Even though the worst of the storm seems over, there’s another big storm coming late Tuesday into Wednesday. This new storm bring more heavy snow, wind, and rain. They expect the most snow in hilly areas, and they’re worried about avalanches.
A spokesperson, Maryana Reva, said that snow was piling up high, about 2 meters in some places. The south got hit the hardest, with five people dying in Odesa.
Making Things Tougher
This snowstorm came when Ukraine is already dealing with a lot from Russia’s problems. This wild weather makes things even harder by messing up the roads and stopping the power in many places.
Officials sad that the folks who died find outside and seemed to have frozen. The response included about 6,000 people from the Interior Ministry, and they rescued nearly 2,500 folks, including kids, and got lots of vehicles out of trouble.
Problems in Crimea
Crimea also got hit with power cuts, leaving around 93,000 people without electricity and stopping the water in hundreds of villages. The leaders there declared an emergency and said they’d try to fix things.
Weather and Climate Stuff
This storm has folks worried about climate change. People say humans doing things like burning fossil fuels are causing climate change. It’s kind of weird because, even though Ukraine might see less snow overall, these crazy snowstorms might happen more often.
Besides this snow mess, Ukraine is also dealing with dry weather that’s hurting farming and floods that keep happening more often. All these things seem connected to the changing climate.
The situation is pretty tough, and people are trying hard to help out and fix things after this crazy storm.