News / Europe

Changing Weather Causes Huge Delays for Russian Travelers

A man sleeps at Moscow's Domodedovo airport on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010.
A man sleeps at Moscow's Domodedovo airport on Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010.

Russia, which usually prides itself on coping with bitter winters, is trying to deal with the  icy conditions that delayed hundreds of flights and left half a million without power. On Monday, many of the flights at Domodedova airport have either been cancelled or delayed.

Moscow is recovering  after a warm front on Saturday night dropped large amounts of ice on the region. Temperatures dropped again late Sunday, causing a heavy snowfall. The result  forced the authorities to  cancel flights and trains in addition to several power outages that authorities are still trying to deal with.

On Sunday, Moscow's main airport, Domodedova, was shut down, by the icy weather for 15 hours due to a power failure.

Olga, who refused to give her last name, says her experience was a nightmare. She says there were no meals, no water, no places for people to sit. There is no transport; nothing was being done for people. She says there was no electricity and that is why all the flights have been cancelled.

Officials blame the outage on the airport's two electricity substations that lost power.  

Artyom, who also refused to give his last name, was another unhappy passenger. He says, the airport authorities  didn't give any explanations. He says he came from Paveletsky train station, and it is not clear how to get  anywhere else. He says he can't understand anything. He questions where are the extra power generators? Why weren't people given necessary things ? The situation is absolutely unclear.

Officials say the situation at Domodedova airport is much better on Monday, although many flights were cancelled or delayed earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, officials  are still scrambling to get power back on in some areas after some 100 thousand customers of the Moscow United Electric Grid Company were left without power.  

Travel at Moscow's two other airports; Sheremetovo and Vnukovo were not affected, according to authorities.

Forecasters say that snow is expected to continue through Tuesday, with temperatures hovering between zero and minus six degrees Celsius.

You May Like

EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites'

Ruling is first time a court has acknowledged suspects were held and tortured at the sites, under US program launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks More

Migrant Issues Close to Home Spur Groups to Take Action

Groups placing water, food in the desert, or aiding detainees after release, have one common goal: no more deaths of migrants crossing illegally into the US More

Video At AIDS Conference, Prevention Pill Stirs Excitement

Truveda shows promise, spurring debate over access and other approaches More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debatei
X
Shelley Schlender
July 24, 2014 6:43 PM
In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Treatment for Childhood Epilepsy Heats up Medical Marijuana Debate

In the United States, marijuana is classed as an illegal drug by the federal government. But nearly half the states have legalized it, to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits, for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Shelley Schlender reports on a strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado that is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy
Video

Video Airbus Adds Metal 3D Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. Among other technological innovations, the new plane will also incorporate metal parts made in a 3-D printer. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Death Toll From Israel-Gaza Conflict Surpasses 700

Gaza officials say a shelling hit a compound housing a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip, killing more than a dozen people, during an Israeli offensive in the area. Heavy fighting between the Israeli military and Hamas militants continued on Thursday, pushing up the death toll. So far, more than 730 Palestinians and 35 Israelis have been killed in the conflict. VOA's Scott Bobb has the latest from Jerusalem.
Video

Video AIDS Conference Welcomes Exciting Developments in HIV Treatment, Prevention

Significant strides have been made in recent years toward the treatment and prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This year, at the International AIDS Conference, the AIDS community welcomed progress on a new pill that may prevent transmission of the deadly virus. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from Melbourne, Australia.
Video

Video Israel Targets Gaza Supply Tunnels

The Israeli military has launched a ground operation in Gaza to destroy the myriad tunnels that may have been used to smuggle weapons to Hamas. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports that could mean more hardship for the people of Gaza, who obtain some of their essential supplies through these underground passages
Video

Video Researchers Target Low-Cost Avatar Technology

Scientists at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies say 3-dimensional representations could revolutionize social media. Elizabeth Lee has more from Los Angeles.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.

AppleAndroid