At the major part of Ukraine's territory, there is dry and windless weather and Ukrainians recover after yesterday's storm.

As a reminder, on December 3 Kyiv was hit with heavy rain and wet snow which turned into snowfall, paralyzed the traffic and caused numerous road accidents. According to the data of Emergencies Ministry, a total of 112 road accidents with 17 dead and 141 injured happened yesterday. The Ministry called two thousand workers and almost 1.5 thousand machines to clean urgently the roads of the capital.

The Kyiv city state administration reported that a total of 1,008 units of equipment and 1,747 people were working to maintain the roads and 325 communal service workers were cleaning sidewalks and public transport stops. A total of 245 tons of snow was removed and 2.2 thousand tons of salt was used to secure roads.

Moreover, a total of 302 towns and villages in 14 Ukraine's regions were left without electricity as a result of bad weather (snow and strong winds). In particular, bad weather caused blackouts in 86 towns and villages in Kherson region, 43 in Kyiv region, 33 in Dnipropetrovsk region, 30 in Poltava region, 29 in Odesa region, 25 in Zaporizhia region, 12 in Chernihiv region, and 11 in Vinnytsia region, eight towns and villages in Mykolaiv region, six in each Zhytomyr and Luhansk regions, five in Kirovohrad region, and four in each Cherkasy and Volyn regions.

The bad weather also caused storm and flood at the Black Sea shore. Six-meter waves destroyed the repair floating drydock in Odessa port and flooded some resorts in Mykolaiv region and parks in Odessa city.

Useful recommendations

Director of Ukrainian weather forecast center Mykola Kulbida warns that the next cyclone will bring strong precipitations and frost. The temperature may go down to - 13°. To be ready for the nature's attacks ForUm recommends its readers to follow the weather forecasts and observe simple safety rules.

Car drivers are better to leave their vehicles at home and use public transports to avoid heavy traffic and waste of gas. If you cannot leave your car for any reason, remember five principle rules, worked out by the traffic police. Observe safe speed and distance. Do not maneuver and do not brake very fast. If the weather is that bad that you cannot see a car in front, it is better to stop aside with hazard warning lights on. Use fog lamps or dipped headlights.  If you are a foot passenger, wear light clothes so people, and especially drivers can see you even in poor lighting.

Wear warm, but large clothes, which do not hinder movements. Remember about a scarf. In cold days it is better to abandon strict diet and eat meat and even fat: the body needs calories to warn itself. And the most important - go easy on alcohol.

Alina Yeremeyeva


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