Turkmenistan announces official number of Abadan emergency victims (UPDATE)

Other News Materials 10 July 2011 22:35 (UTC +04:00)

Details added (first version posted at 20:56)

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 10 /Trend, H.Hasanov/

A government commission, chaired by the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, has held a meeting over removal of the effects of emergency situation caused by the ignition of fireworks at warehouses near the city of Abadan on July 7, the press service of the Turkmen government reported.

A report was presented to the head of state informing about the measures taken to repair damaged buildings and life support systems in areas nearby to the emergency scene.

The report contains information about status of investigation of the causes of the incident and identifies a number of persons culpable in the incident.

According to the report, "as a result of an emergency situation, two soldiers and 13 civilians were dead, nearby houses and buildings were partially damaged."

The investigation conducted by the government commission found that "the fire that occurred as a result of very hot weather which has set in for the last days led to the detonation of fireworks and their spreading to the area where was situated an army depot that contained explosives of Soviet ammunition to be destroyed."

Press service noted, that in the beginning of the meeting, Turkmen President Berdimuhamedov "expressed his deep condolences to the relatives of killed and injured as a result of the emergency, and also said that all the victims would be provided with material and other necessary assistance."

According to the official information, rehabilitation teams are working, all the life support systems of the city and its surrounding villages are operating in a routine mode, repair works are being carried out in damaged buildings and houses, windows are being glazed, the population receives social support.

President of Turkmenistan, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov severely reprimanded the Defence Minister Begench Gundogdiev, lowering him in military rank to colonel.

The report also states that the head of state demanded that all other persons involved in the incident be brought to justice by depriving them of military ranks, including dismissal from the Armed Forces and court-martialing, depending on degree of their culpability in the emergency.

Also, the country's leader, has instructed the relevant Vice-Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers, as well as the head of the Akhal province to prepare the necessary documents for the erection of a virtually new town, meeting all modern requirements on the site of the old city of Abadan.

Turkmen president ordered the government commission to continue the necessary work.