SIMFEROPOL/AQMESCIT (QHA) -

22 towns and villages in Crimea were hit by power outages caused by bad weather.

The hardest hit by the power outages were towns and villages in the Simferopol, Bakhchisaray, Pervomaisk, Krasnogvardeisk, Jankoy and Chernomorsk districts. Power failures were also experienced in the town of Saky.

“A total of 19,442 persons were affected by the power outages. Power supply to the most essential facilities of social infrastructure was not interrupted,” said the press service of the Emergency Situations Ministry of Crimea.

48 repair crews comprised of 134 technicians working 47 pieces of machinery are currently tackling power outages.

It was reported earlier that operation of the Kerch ferry crossing was suspended due to bad weather.

Rescue services issued a warning of rising waters in rivers due to torrential rains which hit the peninsula.

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