A state of emergency has been declared in Siberian town of Dudinka earlier this month after a powerful storm left residents without heating, water and electricity at freezing temperatures of up to -40 °C.
Later, a water main broke causing several streets to flood and then freeze over.
After slow response from authorities, pictures of frozen town started emerging on social media with residents asking for help.
Residents of Dudinka say that the administration was asking them to constrain from publishing comments or photos on Internet.
Siberian Times writes: " The administrator of the 'Heard in Dudinka' social group even published a screenshot of correspondence received warning them not to publish posts about the problem.
The message reads: 'Is there a way that you can trace anonymous authors that write about the accident? They will be found anyway, it is only a matter of time. Do not publish this message'."
One local resident said they are trying to keep the mood up and holding it not to get desperate, even though there is a strong feeling that nature is winning here.
Dudinka has a population of around 22 000 and is located in Krasnoyarsk Krai, a large territory that borders the Arctic Ocean, where temperatures have previously dropped to a record low of -56.7 °C.
The lowest expected temperature in Dudinka today is -42 °C.
Forecast for Dudinka, Russia by The Weather Channel