Construction materials from Kazakhstan's reserve fund sent to Zhambyl oblast 17 января 2013, 15:11
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Storm consequences in Zhambyl oblast. Photo by Anton Akulov©
Construction materials were dispatched from Kazakhstan state material reserve to the storm-hit Zhambyl oblast, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the press-service of Kazakhstan Emergency Situations Ministry. 20 thousand square meters of the roof steel and 300 square meters of glass worth 294.4 million tenge ($1.9 million) were sent from Semey, 20 thousand square meters of roof steel, 211 tons of asbestos sheeting and 400 square meters of glass were sent from Almaty and 400 tons of asbestos sheeting were dispatched from Karaganda oblast. Kostanay is preparing to dispatch 30 thousand square meters of edged board, 260 wooden poles and 300 square meters of glass. The works to connect the population and social facilities to power supply and repair the heat power plant are in process in Karatau. Pipelines leading in and out of boiler equipment, hot water boiler and fresh water pipes' pumps have been checked. 1,346 people from 38 companies are repairing roofs. The citizens of Zhanatas will also get power supply shortly. The emergency teams are working on elimination of leaks and breakages in the heating system. The press-service of Zhambyl oblast's administration reports that the commissions started a detailed calculation of damages. The yard-by-yard checks started in villages on January 16. The authorities are working to get transfers of funds from the state reserve for elimination of the emergency situation's consequences. According to the press-service, the storm that hit Zhambyl oblast on January 12 cut 68 villages off from power supply, damaged 375 power lines, wrecked 45km of power lines wire, tore off communication cables and damaged a digital radio-relay station. Roofs of 425 buildings were ripped off or damaged, including roofs of 158 residential houses. According to the preliminary calculations, the total damage is estimated at 2.6 billion tenge ($17 million). The storm hit Zhambyl oblast last Saturday and left several villages, Zhanatas and Karatau towns without electricity, water, gas and communications. Nearby Taraz city was affected by storm as well: its power lines were damaged, roofs of houses, hospitals, schools were ripped off, trees and road signs were scattered in the streets. On January 12 bad weather caused an emergency blackout in Saryssu, Zhualyn and Talas regions of Zhambyl oblast. The blackout than caused a suspension of the central boiler house of Karatau at 07:15 a.m. Then at 08:15 a.m. its 60m-long concrete chimney collapsed into the area of the 5th (reserve) and 6th (main) water-heating boilers.