Moscow, Jan 11 (Agencies): Almost 300 teams are clearing up fire-breaks in the woods and restoring severed power transmission lines in the Moscow region.

The main task is to restore regular power supplies to consumers in the Moscow region who are currently receiving electricity through backup lines.

Over the past 24 hours, repair teams have removed 2,211 fallen trees, restored 54 power line supports and almost 10 kilometers of transmission lines. Further work will require
temporary power cutoffs to some settlements.

Scheduled power cutoffs continued in nine districts of the Moscow region yesterday, Moscow United Electric Grid Company (MOESK) reported. "Due to scheduled work for the purpose of stabilising the situation, power cutoffs are scheduled on high-voltage transmission lines in nine municipal districts of the Moscow region until 18:00, local time, today," the press service of the Central Regional Centre of the Emergencies Ministry said.

The power cutoffs affected the Domodedovo, Yegoryevsk, Istra, Noginsk, Odintsovo, Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Podolsk, Shatura, Shchelkovo, and Lenino districts.

In addition, work is underway to restore high-voltage power transmission lines. As of the evening of January 9, of 12 such lines, which had been de-energised on Friday, only
nine had been reconnected to the power grid.

The Emergencies Ministry has warned of possible heavy snowfalls, blizzards and strong winds in the European part of Russia in the next 24 hours, which may affect the operation of
power and other critical facilities.

Freezing rain that hit the Moscow area on December 26, 2010 left 400,000 people without electricity and paralysed the work of Domodedovo airport, one of the major air harbours in
Moscow.