Uzbekistan stops railway communication with Russia due to emergency in Kazakhstan
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 25
By Fakhri Vakilov – Trend:
The movement of six passenger trains between the cities of Uzbekistan and Russia has been suspended due to the situation in the city of Arys (in the Turkestan region in southern Kazakhstan), where explosions occurred at the ammunition warehouse, Trend reports with reference to the information service of Uzbekistan Railways.
"The schedule of the passenger trains is temporarily suspended until the resumption of movement through the station Arys," said the message.
In particular, the Tashkent-Moscow, Andijan-Moscow, Tashkent-Novosibirsk, Tashkent-Ufa and Tashkent-Chelyabinsk trains were suspended. In addition, the movement of trains Alma-Ata - Nukus and Alma-Ata-Tashkent was suspended as well.
Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan reported that on June 24, a railway train en route from Ufa to Tashkent was stopped in Turkestan due to the situation in Arys. The train will continue to move after its stabilization.
On June 24 mourning an explosion occurred at an ammunition depot near the Kazakh town of Arys. Following the blast, the state of emergency was declared. Mass evacuation of some 40,000 people living in the area was initiated. Groups of rescuers, teams of doctors and surgeons were dispatched to the city. Subsequent reports said several people have died, over 160 were treated with medical care, over 80 were hospitalized.
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