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Kazakhstan: Worst Disaster in 80 Years


In Kazakhstan, more than 60 settlements remained cut off from the outside world as a result of large-scale floods, more than 96 thousand Kazakhstanis were evacuated from disaster zones. The country's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called it the biggest disaster in Kazakhstan in the last 80 years.

In 10 out of 17 regions of Kazakhstan, a local emergency situation is in effect due to floods. More than 86 thousand people were evacuated from disaster zones, 29 thousand of them were children, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the peak of floods has passed in a number of regions. To date, more than 3,400 residential buildings have been flooded in Akmola, Aktobe, Atyrau, Kostanay, North Kazakhstan, East Kazakhstan and Pavlodar regions. Moreover, 69 settlements remained cut off from the outside world. Settlements in northern Kazakhstan remain under threat of flooding.

On April 10, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan noted that a second wave of floods is expected soon - namely, the arrival of large waters from Russia to the cities of Atyrau and Uralsk. “A difficult situation remains along the Zhaiyk River (Ural). Today the water level in the Zhaiyk River is 7.2 meters and will rise every day. The danger mark is 8.5 meters. Protective dams have been erected to contain dangerous water levels. Now the main task is to protect Uralsk and Atyrau,” Bektenov emphasized.

Spring floods in Kazakhstan flooded not only populated areas; large waters reached anthrax burial sites in the West Kazakhstan region. 14 graves and eight cattle burial grounds were flooded. The Ministry of Agriculture assures that the epizootic situation in these areas remains stable.


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