COLDEST VILLAGE ON EARTH
This place is so cold that even eyelids get frozen. Coldest village in the world Oymyakon in Russia’s Yakutia region where everything goes to frozen state at -62 C In this photo taken on Jan. 14, Anastasia Gruzdeva poses for a selfie as the temperature dropped to about -58 degrees Fahrenheit in Yakutsk. This place is somewhere in Siberia and is believed to be the coldest village on earth.
The village recorded the maximum temperature of -98 degrees in the year 2013. This week due to cold breeze it brought the temperature to as low as -88 degree Fahrenheit.
Earlier this week, a cold snap sent temperatures plunging toward record lows, with reports as extreme as minus-88 degrees Fahrenheit. The village recorded an all-time low of minus-98 degrees in 2013.
Place and details –
The Oymyakon village in Russia’s Yakutia region has a population of 500 people that earn a record to be the coldest village in the world ever occupied by a human for permanent settlement.
According to a news report in such cold winter, the eyelashes freeze froze bite may occur if exposed to cold and the cars have to be kept running even when not using as the batteries may die at a temperature of -58 degree Fahrenheit.
Eyelashes freeze, frostbite is a constant danger and cars are usually kept running even when not being used, lest their batteries die in temperatures that average minus-58 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, according to news reports.
Video taken during the cold snap showed a market, open for business on the snowy tundra, frozen fish standing rigidly upright in buckets and boxes, no refrigeration needed.
A photojournalist from New Zealand Amos Chapple, travelled to this coldest region in 2015 to know about the frozen village life.
How to Reach the Coldest Village-
Photojournalist Amos Capple told the adventurous trip to The Washington Post, the coldest village is a remote place and is located just closer to the Arctic Circle and 500 miles away from the nearest city. After spending 7 hours in a flight from Moscow, some 3,300 miles, Chapple took a van to a nearby station and hitched a ride to the village after spending two in a shack and surviving on reindeer soup diet.
Amos Chapple, a photojournalist from New Zealand, traveled to the region in 2015 to capture the subzero way of life.
How to reach the coldest village – The village is remote, located closer to the Arctic Circle than to the nearest major city, some 500 miles away, and Chapple. described an arduous trip to get there to The Washington Post After a seven-hour flight from Moscow, some 3,300 miles away, he took a van to a nearby gas station and then hitched a ride to the village after two days waiting in a shack and living off reindeer soup.
The hardship –
The place being called the Coldest Village on earth has its own story on hardship. People here cannot do normal things which we take for granted.
- The harsh cold climate permeates nearly every aspect of existence for the people who live in the area.
- The winter diet is mostly meat-based, sometimes eaten raw or frozen, due to the inability to grow crops in the frigid temperatures.
- Some regional specialties include stroganina, which is raw, long-sliced frozen fish; reindeer meat; raw, frozen horse liver, and ice cubes of horse blood with macaroni, according to news
- Though schools in the area remain open as temperatures dip into the minus-40s, they were closed on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
- It is stunning to know that out of 24 hours, almost a total of 21 hours remain dark a day in the winter
Did you know –
- While we have read about the cold and bitterness of this place it is also interesting to note that the village had hot water spring that did not froze. In in the 1920s and ’30s for reindeer herders used to feed their flock in such places.
- Since the place is too cold, normally the water pipe gets frozen. As a result, most of the houses have their bathrooms outside their house.
- According to the Weather Channel, the ground has to be warmed with a bonfire to break into, such as for digging a grave.
- According to the Siberian Times, two men died after their car stalled and they had set out on foot during the cold streak. The group, a horse breeder and four friends, had gone to check on some animals near the river.
- The press office for the region’s governor said that all households and businesses have central heating and backup power generators, according to the Associated Press
- In order to brave the harsh cold climate, most of the people depend on Alcohol to keep themselves warm. Alcoholism is believed to be an issue in the area.
- Depending on how cold the weather dips, people often trade off 20-minute shifts when doing work outside, according to news reports.
Final Comments –
The town has been an object of international curiosity as its reputation for fearsome cold and the resilient residents who withstand it year after year, has grown. We pray for their wellbeing and convey our best wishes to the brave people of this village. May you live life happily by braving such hostile conditions of nature.
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The article was written by Dipu M.