The heavy snowfall in the Russian coastal city of Sochi has raised the risk of avalanches in the mountains of the region.
The director of the Sochi Emergency Department, Vadim Snegiriov, said that the amount of snow that fell on the city’s lands and its suburbs during the last week exceeds the monthly rate of snowfall by 2.5 times.
He added that the location of the city in the area of influence of different air fronts resulted in severe deterioration of the weather, which led to the occurrence of 11 avalanches in the Tsuchi Mountains.
On February 17, Sochi International Airport temporarily stopped receiving flights due to strong winds and snow. As a result, electricity was cut off in a number of local villages, while a number of schools closed their doors.
The emergency services in the area are currently working actively to clear the main roads from snow, remove trees that fell due to snow and wind, and resume electricity supply to housing.