ASTANA, March 13 (RIA Novosti) - Two buses and over
50 cars carrying a total of 83 people were caught late Thursday
in a heavy snowfall in eastern Kazakhstan, local emergencies
services said on Friday.
"More than 50 cars and two buses with a total of 83 people
were stranded in heavy snow on a stretch of the
Ust-Kamenogorsk-Georgiyevka highway," the Kazakh emergencies
ministry said in a statement.
During a rescue operation emergency workers delivered
food, water and fuel to the victims, and by Friday morning had
evacuated 15 cars with 40 people.
Local authorities on Thursday closed three highways in
eastern Kazakhstan to all traffic due to poor visibility, heavy
snow and strong winds.