Damaged boiler house being cleared, power being resotred in Karatau 14 января 2013, 17:38
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Photo courtesy of the press-service of Kazakhstan Emergency Situations Ministry©
The damaged part of the town boiler house in Karatau is being cleared. The town's utility services and military troops are cleaning roads off the fallen trees and debris, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the press-service of Kazakhstan Emergency Situations Ministry. "5 boilers are ready for operation and 1 boiler is being assembled in the boiler house of Zhanatas-Su-Zhylu. The works are 96 percent complete," the message states. The oblast commission on elimination of consequences of the emergency situation is operating in the town. Additional forces have been brought from Almaty and Almaty oblast: 218 people and 37 vehicles. Materials and equipment for replacement of the damaged lines and poles have been sent to the region from all over the country. Personnel of KEGOC, ZHES, Talas regional power station and additional forces from Taraz are involved in elimination of the emergency situation with the power lines. Special crews of KazakhTelecom and TransTelecom are restoring the poles and communication lines. 48 people are involved. Lines of cellular operators are being restored as well. Free-running generators with the capacity of 1,050 kW and 800 kW have been delivered to the accident site. Heating has been cut off for all the users of the central boiler house of Karatau. Central water supply is unavailable as well. The blackout in Talas and Saryssu region, as well as in Zhanatas town of Zhambyl oblast was caused by bad weather on January 12. The blackout than caused suspension of the central boiler house of Karatau at 07:15 a.m. At 08:15 a.m. its 60m-long concrete chimney collapsed into the area of the 5th (reserve) and 6th (main) water-heating boilers. Kazakhstan Temir Zholy has delivered 5 diesel generators to Taraz for further distribution in the regions. Four train wagons were sent to the area to evacuate patients of Karatau hospitals. Zhabyl-Karatau and Karatau-Zhanatas railroad sections are being restored.