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Xinhua: Kyiv under state of emergency due to heavy snowfall

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March 24, 2013, 9:02 a.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Xinhua

People push a car under snowfall in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, March 23, 2013. Heavy snow storms from the Balkan region have been stricken Ukraine since Friday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Saturday declared a state of emergency due to a heavy snowfall, which caused cancellation and delays in expressway, air and railway traffic.

The city was hit by about 50 cm or 40 million tons of snow on Friday, more than it usually receives per month during this season, the Kiev City Administration said.

Ukrainian International Boryspil Airport is out of work, as snow and ice are still being cleared from the airport's runways.

The country's railway company "Ukrzaliznytsya" said train traffic was also affected by the snowfall in northern and central regions' destination.

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