Ukraine been slammed by a snowstorm causing major chaos, with at least 10 people losing their lives and loads left without power. This three-day storm brought heavy snow that messed up parts of the country real bad.
What Went Down
The Interior Minister, Ihor Klymenko, reported over 400 places in 11 regions were totally in the dark. More than 1,500 folks were out there trying to help thousands who were stranded. Sadly, 23 people, including two kids, got hurt. The deaths happened in spots like Odesa, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, and Kyiv.
Videos showed cops wrestling with crazy winds, trying hard to push and haul cars back onto the roads after they skidded off onto the icy sidelines. The storm also hit Crimea, making Russian-appointed officials call for an emergency in certain parts.
More Trouble Ahead
Even though it seems like the worst of the storm is over, another big storm’s on its way. They’re saying there’s gonna be more snow, wind, and rain, especially in the mountains, where there might be dangerous avalanches.
Interior Ministry’s Maryana Reva said snow piles got as high as 2 meters in places. The south got hit real bad, recording five deaths in Odesa alone.
Adding to Ukraine’s Problems
This storm landed smack in the middle of Ukraine’s existing problems from Russia’s mess. The crazy weather just made things worse, messing up roads and basic stuff for people in lots of places.
They found the folks who died just lying on the streets, probably from the cold. Around 6,000 folks from the Interior Ministry were on the scene, saving nearly 2,500 people, including kids, and helping a bunch of vehicles.
What Happened in Crimea
Even Crimea got hit bad. Almost 93,000 people had no power, and water supplies got messed up in hundreds of villages. The leaders, picked by Russia, declared a state of emergency in lots of areas and promised to fix things up.
This storm’s got everyone thinking about how messed up our climate is getting because of things like burning fossil fuels. While overall snow might go down ’cause of global warming, these big snowstorms might just happen more often in winter.
Besides this storm, Ukraine’s also dealing with drought messing up farming and more floods than usual, all linked to this changing climate.
It’s still a tough situation out there as they keep on trying to rescue people and fix things after this wild storm.