I thought we had already seen everything after Newfoundland, Canada was hit by a record-breaking blizzard beginning of this month. But I wasn’t right. There is currently a vicious storm sweeping across Kazakhstan. And the blizzard in so intense that it prompt people to dig tunnels to enter their homes or feed their farm animals, leave their cars and trucks buried on highways and officials to declare a state of emergency in the capital Astana.
And it was pretty hard to get out your car during the storm:
This crazy storm accompanied by very strong winds of more than 26 m/s (58mph) is dumping tons of snow on several regions of Kazakhstan for the second week in a row.
Astana, the Kazakh capital declared the state of emergency as severe snowstorms, blizzard and strong wind roll through the city.
You want another proof? Here’s the kind of weather they have experienced today in Astana… It’s just insane:
Dozens of highways across the Central Asian country have been closed due to winter storms, with cars and truks left behind by passengers and drivers.
Just near the capital city, more than 601 vehicles were left abandoned on highways and roads.
Within the last 24 hours, 319 people were saved on the roads (59 of them children), 8 trucks and power transformers were dug out of the snow and 82 people were placed in heating points constructed along the highways.
A woman had to give birth in a fire truck on the highway “Almaty-Yekaterinburg” in the Astrakhan region.
And look at this horse, it almost disappears in the deep snow:
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from houses and cars buried under gigantic snowdrifts.
This farmer had so much snow in his garden, that he dig tunnels for his dogs and other animals to be able to get outside of the barn.
and this guy shovels snow to clear his door and enter his home:
Transportation links to and from Nur-Sultan were cut on January 27, while all schools in the capital remained closed.
But look at that train going through meters of snow:
Pretty awesome, isn’t it?
All flights from or to Nur-Sultan International Airport have been postponed, while the Astana emergency department asked residents to stay in the capital until the state of emergency is lifted. Similar creepy natural disaster news on Strange Sounds or Steve Quayle. [RFerl]