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Russia struggles to stay warm in deepening freeze

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Russian emergency services struggled to maintain the country's often creaky heating infrastructure today as temperatures in some of the coldest regions on Earth plunged to bone-chilling levels, officials said.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement it was providing emergency help in a village in the Siberian province of Yakutia where a fault in a main heating pipeline had left 11 apartment buildings, home to 175 people, without heat.

Outdoor temperatures in the village of Artyk had plunged to minus 54 degrees Celsius in recent days, according to the provincial newspaper Yasia.

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