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'We shut school when it's -52degC'.

BRITISH schools may be closing their doors.. but it takes more than a bit of snow to disrupt life in the Russian village of Oymyakon.

In the world's coldest permanently inhabited settlement, the average January temperature hovers around -50C, so the local school only closes when the mercury drops below -52C.

It is so cold that the 500 hardy residents of Oymyakon, in Sakha Republic in the far north east of the country, find pen ink freezes, glasses stick to faces and mobiles won't work.

And with a record low of -71.2C, villagers survive on a diet of reindeer and horse meat because nothing will grow there.

Gravediggers have to build bonfires in the cemetery to thaw out the ground for three days before a body can be buried.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 23, 2013
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