Snow in Kazakhstan
Winter storms in north east Kazakhstan left thousands without power on Wednesday (March 10) and cut off the main city of Semipalatinsk.
Heavy snowfall, coupled with high winds of up to 56 miles per hour, caused power cuts in 12 local towns and in parts of Semipalatinsk, leaving an estimated 18,000 people without electricity.
All road access to and from the city was blocked because of the dangerous weather and local authorities have issued warnings against travel.
Regional Emergency Ministry rescue teams were out on patrol, digging out motorists trapped in the heavy drifting snow.
A carload of seven people were rescued on Wednesday, after their car became stuck on their way back from a party.