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Event: OT Other
Number: 2019-000076
Country: KAZ Kazakhstan
Location: Arys, Turkestan Region
Date (YMD): 2019-7-6
Information Source:IFRC/Kazakh Red Crescent
Comments: A series of about 50 explosions occurred at an ammunition depot around a military unit in the city of Arys (Turkestan region, south of Kazakhstan) on 24 June 2019. A state of emergency was declared by the authorities, followed by a complete evacuation of the population (more than 43,000 people). In total, 3,566 people were evacuated from Arys and more than 39,000 people left for neighbouring settlements on their own. By the end of the day on 27 June, 3 people were reported dead (one civilian and two military persons), while than 400 required medical assistance. As a result of the explosion, about 6,000 pieces of unexploded ammunition spread in the streets of Arys city. On 28 June, local authorities restored access to the city of Arys and ensured the transportation of the evacuated population from Shymkent. According to the preliminary damage assessment, out of 8,000 buildings of the city of Arys 27 are destroyed and more than 6,000 are in need of repair.
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