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A homeless man was found encased in an ice tomb in Russia after a deluge of “freezing rain”.

The well-known local figure was on his way to Pokrovsky Cathedral when he fell and froze to death in seconds in Vladivostok.

The mask-wearing man, 60, lived on the street close to where his ice entombed body was found.

The Primorsky region on Russia’s Pacific coast has suffered several days of atrocious weather with heavy rain frozen by strong icy winds.

Cars, trees, electricity and suspension bridge cables have all suffered damage in the freeway conditions.

Primorye region, where the man was found, has experienced atrocious weather with heavy rain frozen by strong icy winds
(Image: Pyotr Maksimov)

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The homeless man was found by the building’s caretaker, named Yevgeny, who told the Siberian Times.

"The homeless man fell and was entombed in ice. The body of the man was found by the entrance to the cathedral,”

“He froze to death. He was a local homeless man, and he came inside several times.

The body of the well known homeless man was found by the cathedral by the caretaker
(Image: Primorye police)

“As far as I know he had been on a rehabilitation programme, but then got back to old habits.

"Sadly nearly every season we see such awful scenes…

"Last year five people were found in the park after similar cyclones.”

23,000 people have been left without heating in the subzero temperatures
(Image: Tatiana Soroka)

Some 120,000 people in the region have been without electricity for three days or more.

Some 23,000 people had no heating in subzero temperatures.

At least five services on the world famous Trans Siberian railway were delayed.

The 3,622 ft Russky Bridge, the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, had to be closed.