The blackout in Crimea happened after power transmission lines in the Ukrainian Kherson region were blown up by a group of radical Crimean Tatars. Electricity to the Crimean peninsula had been cut off the night of November, 21. For the moment, 1.9 million people out of 2.3 million residents living in Crimea have no power. Let’s take a look at some pictures of what is happening in Crimea #rightnow, and how people are dealing with a blackout.
The following pictures are taken by popular Russian blogger Ilya Varlamov in the city center of Simferopol, Crimea.
Light is a rare guest of the streets.
There are still a lot of people outside walking in the dark. People are trying to live their normal lives as best as possible in this situation.
Prices on portable power generators went up sky high from 12.000 Rubles to 27.000 Rubles. Most businesses and restaurants are just using candles.
This is one of the few places in the city that has power. Not hard to guess that it is a governmental building.
Some gas stations on the peninsula have no gas. Most of the factories, businesses, clinics, schools and kindergartens are closed down. The blackout situation in Crimea is very hard, especially because no one knows exactly when the electricity will be back to normal.
Let’s see what’s happening in the other parts of Crimea…
- In the town of Shelkino in Crimea there has been no power at all for 3 days straight. The authorities are delivering water and hot food to inhabitants.
- In most of the towns on the peninsula there is limited access to water supply.
- One of four damaged transmission lines should be fixed by tomorrow, November, 26. Restoration of the line will provide needs of the peninsula for 40%.
- Russia is building a power bridge that will connect Crimea with the mainland. According to the latest news, Crimea will get access to the electricity from Russia by the end of December of 2015.
P.S. A little bit of humor on the subject. Power generators are needed now like never before.