Storm in Crimea: locals endure power cuts and evacuations, Russian defense line washed away
On the evening of Sunday, November 26, 2023, a powerful storm broke out on the coast of the Russian-occupied Ukrainian Crimean peninsula. Half a million people were left without electricity.
RIA Novosti reports.
"About 500 thousand Crimean residents were left without electricity due to the storm, an adviser to the head of the region said," the report reads.
It is also noted that in the Black Sea region in the west of Crimea, the water supply has been completely stopped due to the lack of electricity at pumping stations. In addition, centralized heating has been stopped.
Evacuation of residents from flooded houses has already begun in the city of Yevpatoria, and traffic on the Yevpatoria-Saki highway is very difficult. This was reported by collaborator Oleg Kryuchkov, an adviser on information policy to the occupying head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov.
"CrimeaSOS forces are evacuating people from five flooded houses in Yevpatoria, Simferopolskaya str. 15 people. All of them will be accommodated in boarding houses and sanatoriums," Kryuchkov informed at 5:54 pm.
"The Yevpatoria-Saki highway is operating in a one-lane reverse mode," he added.
Russian news channel ASTRA notes that this highway is "partially flooded".
According to the Poseidon climate control system, the height of coastal waves can currently reach 6-8 meters between Sevastopol and Feodosia.
As of 7 pm, there were already 150 evacuees in Yevpatoria.
"100 are staying in hotels, 50 are staying with relatives," the operational headquarters set up by the invaders informed.
The Saki - Yevpatoria road is completely closed. The detour is through Volodymyrivka.
About 50 thousand residents of the occupied Crimea are without electricity.
There are fallen trees in different cities of the peninsula. Their number is estimated at dozens.
Trolleybus traffic through the Angarsk Pass on the Simferopol-Alushta route has been stopped.
Russian defense line in Crimea washed away by storm
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian minister of internal affairs, shared various updates about the storm from local media sources, claiming that Russian defenses dug into the peninsula's beaches had been washed away.
"A storm washed away trenches in occupied Crimea that [the] Russian army dug out on the beaches," Gerashchenko wrote on X.