Inside abandoned ghost town covered in ice and snow after residents fled -50C big freeze

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A staircase was covered in snow and ice


Eerie snaps reveal what happens to an abandoned Russian town when hit by below freezing -50C temperatures.

Bitterly cold weather has transformed a settlement eleven miles from the coal-mining town of Vorkuta in the Sementnozavodsky region, into a frozen ghost town.

Armed with a camera and wrapped up warm, a photographer ventured inside some of the building to discover rooms and stairwells caked in snow and ceilings draped with sabre-like icicles.

The images give a glimpse of a post-apocalyptic world following a massive freeze, with no one to clear the roads of snow let alone kitchens and bedrooms in the rows of flats.

The extreme weather could even be found inside the buildings

Reports say the area began to be deserted in 2013 as jobs became few and far between, forcing families to uproot for a new life elsewhere.

Entire communities packing up their things and moving on has left settlements such as this one, entirely exposed to the harsh elements.

Neighbouring Vorkuta has a reputation for being both the easternmost and the coldest town in Europe thanks to its short, chilly summers and extremely cold and snowy winters.

Walls were pictured with ice attached
Ice has stuck to the walls once painted to help lift residents from winter depression

The town was built by prisoners during Josef Stalin’s reign after the Soviet Union leader ordered a brutal Gulag prison camp to established in the area,

Vorkuta bolstered the region’s economy by becoming a coal-mining town which now has an estimated population of 70,548.

By 2009 most of Vorkuta’s theatres, cinemas and other cultural centres had all shut down despite not everyone leaving the town, The Guardian reports.

Icicles drape from the ceiling and window
Large icicles had formed inside buildings

With no heating of any kind turned on inside, snow and ice can be seen clinging to the walls of the colourful residential buildings.

Homes were painted bright colours in a bid to combat the depression many residents suffered from as a result of lack of local opportunity but equally the long, white and cold winters.

Any gaps and holes in windows have been exposed by the conditions which can be seen breaching external walls to blanket flat floors and even freeze lamp shades.

A fleet of more than 100 lorries parked side-by-side was also pictured from above with several inches of snow covering their rooftops and bonnets.





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