Russia's Vorkuta City : Frozen Homes and Buildings in a Russian Ghost Town watch here

The city is still home to 50,000, but the population is nothing compared to Vorkuta and its surrounding suburbs in its successor. Migration from the city has increased since 2013 due to unemployment, with many settlements being transformed into ghost cities, which freeze in fridge temperatures.

Russia's Vorkuta City : Frozen Homes and Buildings in a Russian Ghost Town watch here
Russia's Vorkuta City

Vorkut is the fourth largest city in the north of the Arctic Circle and the coldest city in the whole of Europe, with a record cold temperature of minus 50 degrees Celsius in the dead of winter. The city was once home to a thriving coal mining community, promising high wages for those who migrated to the region. But pri.org called Vorkuta "the fastest dying city in Russia" as the population has been steadily decreasing since the collapse of the Soviet Union, with hyperinflation and coal mining all but disappearing.

The city is still home to 50,000, but the population is nothing compared to Vorkuta and its surrounding suburbs in its successor. Migration from the city has increased since 2013 due to unemployment, with many settlements being transformed into ghost cities, which freeze in fridge temperatures.

Most of the city's theaters, cinemas and cultural centers have closed. According to The Guardian, the government does not have the funds to repair huge amounts of abandoned buildings that are destabilized in extreme temperatures.

As the city recedes, the buildings become cluttered, and the living rooms are filled with snow and ice drift. In apartment buildings of 100 units or more, only a handful of lights are seen at nighttime, pri.org reports, as the rest are dark and abandoned. 

The movement at one-time workplaces makes heavy machinery unused and covered with snow. 

Russia's largest mine accident occurred in Vorkuta on 28 February 2016. Work was going on in a mine here. The methane gas blast caused a blast and killed 32 people. 26 people were stuck in the mine for three days. Four of them died due to methane gas. 

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