One in critical condition after gas cylinder explosion in Karaganda region

One in critical condition after gas cylinder explosion in Karaganda region
Photo credit: Viktor Fedyunin/Kazinform

The healthcare department of Karaganda region unveiled the condition of the people injured as a result of residential building collapse caused by a gas cylinder explosion, Kazinform News Agency reports. 

A total of 46 people lived in the building. 35 were inside at the accident time.

The rescuers retrieved bodies of two people and five survivors including three children from the rubble.

Five injured people including three children were brought to the healthcare facilities. Two children were sent to outpatient treatment . One child was brought to the regional children’s hospital in a satisfactory condition. One of the adults is in a critical condition for sever burns (80%). The patients receive all required treatment, the press service of the regional healthcare department said.

25 residents of the building received psychological support.

The explosion occurred on the night of January 30, on the second floor of a two-story 12-apartment residential building located on 8a Auezov street in Botakara village of Bukharzhyrau district. The roof of the building collapsed completely, and apartments on both floors were severely damaged.

139 people were involved in search and rescue works.

An operational headquarters was set up at the accident site and a hotline was launched.

Governor of the region Ablai Sultangali expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.

In his words, experts will inspect the building. The residents were temporarily accommodated at their relatives’ houses. He promised the akimat will provide assistance to the families of the victims. A special commission will be set up to estimate the damage. 

The akimat introduced local state of emergency.

According to deputy chief of the regional emergencies services, improper use of the gas cylinder caused the accident. Police will identify those guilty, he said.

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