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Going without heat in Siberia

5:24pm EST - 01:09

Residents of the Siberian town of Vikhorevka brave freezing temperatures in their homes after the breakdown of an outdated heating station left them at the mercy of the severe winter weather. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A playground covered in snow -- not an unusual sight in the winter in Siberia. But the the problem in Vikhorevka is inside -- where people are braving freezing temperatures in their homes after the breakdown of an outdated heating station. So they bundle up inside and try to cope any way that they can. For many that means plugging in -- which may help warmer temperatures -- but can overload a fragile electrical system. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VIKHOREVKA RESIDENT, LARISA KALYADOVA, SAYING: "Our electricity network will fail when all the people turn their heaters on. It has happened multiple times. When people turn their heaters on... some have one, some have two, there is often a blackout. We are left without electricity and it is scary." Officials say the town's boiler station and heating infrastructure systems are in need a a complete overhaul -- but in the meantime residents are just hoping for a quick fix.

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Going without heat in Siberia

5:24pm EST - 01:09