MOSCOW, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Most buildings damaged by Friday's meteorite fall in Russia's central Urals Region have been restored, and educational institutions will operate as usual on Monday.
Xinhua reporters saw in the hardest-struck Chelyabinsk Region that many buildings had been reglazed as operation teams were still working at several major sites.
A meteorite ripped the sky and slammed into Urals Region on Friday with several explosions that smashed windows and damaged thousands of buildings around the city of Chelyabinsk. The total area of window glass shattered in the region has reached 200,000 square meters, local authorities said.
Some 1,200 people, including over 200 children, have been injured, mainly by shards of the glass. About 50 people were hospitalized, and at least two people were reportedly in grave condition.
Russia's consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor also said in a statement on Sunday that "all the medical and educational buildings have been restored. Studies at all children's educational institutions in the Chelyabinsk Region will continue on Monday."
Over 24,000 workers and 4,300 pieces of equipment were involved in clearing up the damage caused by the meteorite, the regional emergency department said.