By COLlive reporter
Hundreds of thousands of Russians were left without electricity and communication after a cold front with ice and snow flooded the country.
Interfax reports that some 180,000 residents of the Central Federal District in about 1,100 towns had their electricity cut due to the storm.
60 students of the Yeshiva Ketana Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch located on the beach of picturesque Istra Lake, 55 km away from Moscow, found themselves Sunday night without electricity or heat.
“The Istra village belongs to the Yeshiva and temperatures are ice cold,” said Elimelech Weisberg of the office of Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazer.
“The bochurim and the staff were taken to an alternative location in Moscow itself until electricity returns,” he added.
A large tree fell Sunday night on a train cart right in front of the Chabad Cheder in Russia’s capital without any injuries.
RIA Novosti has reported of a halt in work of the Domodedovo airport in Moscow for some hours in the morning and early afternoon due to a power outage.
Currently the airport is slowly resuming work, servicing internal flights, while check-in is being done manually.
Chabad Shluchim in Moscow are said be helping stranded frum businessman with room and board.
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