Russian Schools, Hospitals Restored After Meteorite Strike

MOSCOW, February 17 (RIA Novosti) – All schools, kindergartens and hospitals which were damaged by Friday’s meteorite strike in Russia’s Urals Region have been restored, Russia’s consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said on Sunday.

“All the medical, educational and social buildings have been restored. Studies at all children’s educational institutions in the Chelyabinsk Region will continue on Monday,” Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement.

A flaming meteorite streaked across the sky and slammed into Russia’s Urals Region on Friday with a massive boom that blew out windows and damaged thousands of buildings around the city of Chelyabinsk.Around 1,200 people had been hurt, including more than 200 children, mostly in the Chelyabinsk Region near the Ural Mountains. Some 50 people were hospitalized, and at least two people were reported to be in “grave” condition.

The shock waves blew windows at 700 schools, kindergartens and over 200 hospitals and social security facilities. Approximately 100,000 homeowners were affected, Chelyabinsk Region Governor Mikhail Yurevich said.

The total area of window glass shattered in the region has reached 200,000 square meters, local authorities said. Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said on Sunday some 30 percent of smashed window glass has been restored.

Over 24,000 workers and 4,300 pieces of equipment are involved in the effort to clear up the damage caused by the meteorite, the regional Emergences Center reported.

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