At -71.2 Deg, Oymyakon is world's coldest inhabited place
- Jan 23, 2013, 09:57 AM IST
New Delhi: Oymyakon is a remote village in far northern hemisphere. The village has the distinction of being the coldest inhabited place on the planet. Mobile networks do not work; people do not turn off their cars because they might not start again and it takes days to dig graves because they are require to be thawed with coal.
The average temperature of the village for the month of January hovered around a comfortable -50 Degree Celsius. Comfortable because the village's lowest recorded temperature stands at -71.2 Degree Celsius.
The village has a population of 500 people and was used as a stopover for reindeer herders who would water their flocks from the thermal spring, in the 1920s and 1930s, reported Daily Mail.
The Russian government considered the nomadic people of Oymyakon 'technologically backward' and 'difficult to control', decided to make the village a permanent settlement.
The villagers rely on coal and schools only shut down if temperature goes below -52 Degree Celcius. The population relies on the meat of horses and Reindeer.
The length of the day comes down to a mere three hours in December.
However, in summer months of May and June, the temperature reaches up to 30 Degree Celsius.; an Astounding difference of over 100 Degrees.