All measures to eliminate fires taken in Abay region — Government session
The issue of liquidation of a large natural fire in the Borodulikhinsky district of Abay region was considered at the Government session chaired by the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov, El.kz cites primeminister.kz.
Regional Akim Nurlan Urankhayev said that the situation with the forest fire is under special control, an operational headquarters is deployed. The work on extinguishing of fires is conducted, which is complicated by wind gusts and swampy terrain. The area covered by the fire is 3.5 thousand hectares. To extinguish the fire 201 units of equipment, 8 helicopters, 1 fire train and 852 people are involved.
He stressed that there is no threat to the inhabited localities, but 277 people have been evacuated to their relatives for additional safety. In order to avoid looting, police officers are on duty at the evacuation site. However, today an emergency situation will be declared in the Borodulikha district.
First Deputy Minister for Emergency Situations Major General Ibrahim Kulshimbayev reported that the fire suppression involves the forces and means of the Ministry for Emergency Situations, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, KTZ, Ministry of Information and Social Development, and public utilities of the region. The situation is under control, all possible measures to contain and eliminate the fire are taken.
Prime Minister reminded that the issue of regional readiness for the fire-hazardous season was considered literally at the last meeting of the Government.
"As we can see, this is a real threat. The main thing is that the danger to settlements has been removed. The situation is becoming predictable. The fire must be finally localized and completely extinguished. This is a common task for the Akimat, the Ministries of Emergency Situations and Ecology," Alikhan Smailov said.
He also expressed gratitude to other regions of the republic, which assisted the Abay region, sent their forces and equipment.
"The Ministry of Ecology together with the Ministry for Emergency Situations should conduct an audit of the territory of the reserve "Semei ormany" to completely eliminate the sources of fire and smoldering, to assess the damage from the fire," the Head of the Government stressed.