Officials talk safety measures after Kazakhstan's Arys disaster
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 27
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
The fire in Kazakhstan’s Arys city has been fully localized, all main streets and areas were checked and cleared from ammunition pieces, said Deputy Minister of Defense of Kazakhstan Bakhyt Kurmanbayev, Trend reports with reference to Kazakh media.
“Currently activities are carried out to provide safety of citizens. Sappers found up to 500 shells during the clearing work. The clearing work in homes and gardens is to be started soon,” he said.
On morning of June 24, 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 nearly 45,000 people living in the area was initiated. Groups of rescuers, teams of doctors and surgeons were dispatched to the city.
Vladimir Bekker, Chairman of the Committee for Emergency Situations of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan stated that currently situation in the city is under control and the information in social media about missing people is false.
“There is also information being spread in media concerning possible explosions and descent of water from reservoirs. This information is also false. Please follow only official information,” Bekker added.
Furthermore, country's Chief Sanitary Physician Zhandarbek Bekshin stated that there is no radiation in the city. He added that disinfecting work will be carried out in the city.
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