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A crack caused evacuation of citizens from 9-storey building in Priozersk 23 января 2013, 11:06

Around 100 residents were evacuated from the emergency-state 9-storey residential building in Priozersk town of Kazakhstan’s Karaganda oblast.
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Around 100 residents were evacuated from the emergency-state 9-storey residential building in Priozersk town of Kazakhstan’s Karaganda oblast, Interfax-Kazakhstan reports citing the town’s housing and public utilities department. According to the department, the plaster started shattering and deep cracks appeared between the 7th and 9th floors of the residential building No.11 on Kosmonavtov street on January 17. “This building is over 30 years old. Priozersk administration declared it a emergency in August 2011. The building has 9 floors, one entrance and 48 apartments,” the department stated. According to the authority, all 96 residents of the building were evacuated. Part of them was relocated to their relatives and part was placed in Prichal hotel. “A special commission has been formed to define whether it is reasonable to repair or reenforce the building,” the authority stated. This is not the first case of such incident in Karaganda oblast. The largest such case involved a building's collapse in Bessoba region of Karaganda on April 6, 2012. “Development of unacceptable foundation settlement caused by soil swelling” was tagged the main reason behind the collapse. 5-storey residential building No.7 of Bessoba residential complex, constructed 3 years ago was an equity construction project. A criminal case was initiated against the construction companies that erected the building No.7. Besides, a criminal case for abuse of powers was initiated against chairman and members of the state commission that accepted the building in exploitation after its construction. Almaty has also seen such damages in the buildings. Earlier Tengrinews.kz English reported that a 5-storey buildings constructed as part of a state program several years ago in one of the regions of Talgar town near Almaty were falling apart virtually in front of the eyes of the residents. Huge cracks appeared on the walls of the quite new buildings. The facing of one of the buildings fell off almost entirely. Doctors, teachers and town administration employees who acquired apartments in these buildings through mortgage loans were concerned about their safety.
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