Frozen Russian city drowns in water after Soviet central heating pipe bursts

Frozen Russian city drowns in water after Soviet central heating pipe bursts

The Russian winter is hitting hard

Dimitris Kouimtsidis

By Dimitris Kouimtsidis

Published: 12/01/2024

- 12:18

The city of Novosibirsk in Siberia saw temperatures plunge to as low as -15C

A frozen Russian city has been flooded in water after central heating pipes from the Soviet era have burst.

Temperatures in the city of Novosibirsk in Siberia have plunged to a staggering low of -15C.

More than 100 houses and public buildings were left without heating, with local authorities rushing to mend the outdated pipes.

Videos on social media have emerged showing roads being flooded and even parked cars being swept away.

Flooded roads in Russia

Pipes burst in Novosibirsk, leading to flooded roads in freezing weather


Other videos show drivers trying to fight through the floods, as they plough through the water.

Russian utilities bosses have expressed concerns over the continued use of outdated Soviet pipes, which cause problems for residents when the cold Russian winter hits.

One polling station in Novosibirsk has also been forced to close as a result of the flooding, just two months before Russia has elections.

Residents are becoming increasingly angry with the "unprecedented" winter heating outages and lack of investment in infrastructure, with some being nearly a century old.


Flooded roads in Russia

Locals are fuming with the lack of investment in infrastructure


The Novosibirsk regional government has assured residents that "the situation is under the control" and they are hoping to get the pipes fixed soon.

Heating firm the Siberian Generating Company said: "There are 104 houses and 13 social institutions in the shutdown circuit.

"During the period of localisation of the defect, the heat supply to a number of houses in the Leninsky and Kirovsky districts is also limited."

Homes is other regions of Siberia have also been affected by poor infrastructure, as according to the Moscow Times, many have been left without electricity.

Residents in the village of Novozavidovsky pleaded directly to Vladimir Putin, with one woman saying: "We're literally being killed by the cold.

"This is some kind of torture and extermination of the population 100 kilometers from Moscow."

The Russian capital hasn't been left unaffected however, with residents living near the metropolis having to light a fire in the street to draw attention to the dire situation they've been left in.

Meanwhile in the region of Tver, 110 miles from Moscow, a criminal investigation has been opened with investigators claiming that bosses at a water intake and boiler misappropriated customers' money.

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