Explosions in Arys: criminal case initiated

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A criminal case was initiated on the explosions in the military unit No. 44859 of the Defense Ministry, said Minister of Internal Affairs Yerlan Turgumbayev at the Government meeting, reports.

“June 24 this year, a series of explosions occurred on the technical territory #1 of the arsenal of ammunition of the military unit No. 44859 of the Defense Ministry. On this fact, a criminal case was initiated under the article “violation of the rules of handling weapons, as well as substances and objects that pose a danger to others”. Now the investigative-operational group is working at the site. At present, work is continuing," Turgumbayev reported.

According to him, a regional operational headquarters was established at the scene of the incident, the "hot lines" were launched. Over 11 thousand calls have already been received.

"357 emergency workers, 115 units of vehicles, 345 policemen, and 580 National Guard soldiers are involved. Currently, because of the explosion of the shells, it is difficult to extinguish fires in the warehouses of the military unit. Almost all of the residents - about 41 thousand citizens - were evacuated from the town. 39 thousand left the town themselves. 5 evacuation points are deployed, which are located in the nearest villages at a distance of 30 - 50 kilometers, there is also an evacuation point in Shymkent," the minister reported.

23 fire brigades are working in the town. They localized fires in 19 residential buildings, 9 outbuildings, as well as 14 natural fires.

As a result of the emergency, two people died - one soldier of the military unit and one resident of Arys.

"Two are in intensive care, 34 people were hospitalized, 12 were given medical aid without hospitalization. All children from kindergartens were evacuated, today all parents are found, all children are handed over to their parents," Turgumbayev concluded.
Aidana Demesinova
11:08, 25 June 2019


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