- Russia, which dreams of reaching Europe and Asia through the Arctic sea, has suffered a setback.
- At least 24 ships are trapped in ice as ice freezes in the Arctic sea off the coast of Russia
- Due to the freezing of ice, this entire Northern Sea route has been closed and ice-cutting ships had to be sent.
Russia, which dreams of reaching Europe and Asia through the Arctic sea, has suffered a setback. Russian media reports that at least 24 ships have been trapped in sea ice as previously estimated ice caps have accumulated in the Arctic seas off the coast of Russia. This entire Northern Sea route has been closed due to snowfall. Now Russia has to send ice-cutting ships to remove these ships.
Russia has spent a lot of money to open the way for this Northern Sea route, but now its estimate of snowfall has failed. Russian officials had earlier announced that the road would remain open for the entire month of November. The reason for this was that due to climate change and global warming, the ice had frozen too late in the last few years. Now operators of the Northern Sea Route are surprised by the freezing of ice in the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea in late October.
Some ships may remain stranded for months
Officials are reportedly now engaged in a search and rescue operation in the Russian capital Moscow. Russia is now sending two of its nuclear-powered ships that will break through the 11-inch-thick ice to make way for the ships to escape. Even after this, there is a danger that some ships may remain stranded for several months to come. Russian officials say that the weather in the area changed very rapidly. These ships are now stuck in a thick sheet of ice due to wrong weather reports.
Officials said that this is the first time in the last 7 years that the sea ice has already frozen so much. It is being told that some of the 24 stranded ships have been rescued and efforts are on to rescue the remaining ships. It is being told that the ships which are stranded include cargo and two oil tankers. The Northern Sea Route plays a major role in connecting Europe and Russia. Due to this sea travel is greatly reduced.