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The BBC's Caroline Wyatt
"Falling ice has injured more than 70 in Moscow alone"
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Wednesday, 14 March, 2001, 09:51 GMT
Thawing Moscow fights killer icicles
Red Square in the snow
Mountaineers are scaling buildings in the ice-bound city
By the BBC's Chris Booth in Moscow

Moscow is slowly emerging from its heaviest snowfall in almost 40 years, but as temperatures rise, people are faced with a new hazard - falling icicles.

Three people have been killed this winter and city authorities say they are doing all they can to prevent any further tragedies.

Snowball fight in Moscow
For Moscow children, the snow has been the heaviest of their lives
The city's pavements have turned into a freezing obstacle course of ice and melting water.

Many are now cordoned off by red and white tape and signs admonishing pedestrians to beware of falling icicles.

It is a warning Muscovites take very seriously.

The icy stalactites can reach several metres in length and many begin their descent to earth from buildings a dozen or more stories high.

Across the capital, city authorities report 74 people have been unfortunate enough to be struck by plummeting ice this winter.

Worker sweeps away Moscow snow
City authorities have battled to combat the snow
The latest person to die, an 18-year-old conscript, was killed this week by a falling shard at his military base.

The mayor's office says it is doing everything possible to keep the situation in control.

Amateur mountaineers are employed to climb Moscow's roofs and knock the icicles safely to the ground.

A small army of 25,000 is currently on the city's books, keeping the streets clear of snow.

Moscow's annual cold war has been joined again in earnest and once more is not without its victims.

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