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  • 24.06.2021
Russia's Yakuti region plunges to -67C
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Russia's Yakuti region plunges to -67C

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Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit -67C in some areas on Tuesday.

In Yakutia - a region of one million people about 5,300km east of Moscow - students routinely go to school even in -40C. But school was cancelled on Tuesday throughout the region and police ordered parents to keep their children inside.

In the village of Oymyakon, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth, state-owned Russian television showed the mercury falling to the bottom of a thermometer that was only set up to measure down to -50C. In 2013, Oymyakon recorded an all-time low of -71C.
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Over the weekend, two men froze to death when they tried to walk to a nearby farm after their car broke down. Three other men with them survived because they were wearing warmer clothes, investigators reported.

But the press office for Yakutia's governor said all households and businesses in the region have working central heating and access to backup power generators.
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