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Explosion in residential building in Kharkiv causes damage worth Hr 18 million

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Sept. 7, 2012, 4:30 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The total damage from an explosion at a residential building at Slynko Street in Kharkiv was Hr 18.12 million, Kharkiv Deputy Mayor Andriy Paramonov said at a sitting of the regional commission for human-caused and environmental emergencies.
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The total damage from an explosion at a residential building at Slynko Street in Kharkiv was Hr 18.12 million, Kharkiv Deputy Mayor Andriy Paramonov said at a sitting of the regional commission for human-caused and environmental emergencies.

"This sum includes not just damage caused to the building by the explosion, but also expenses on providing food, accommodation, and medical aid to its residents," he said.

The members of the commission decided to confer a regional status to the emergency situation that occurred because of the explosion at the building, and appealed to the Cabinet of Ministers to allocate money to tackle the problem.

"We're taking a decision to confer a regional status to the emergency situation happened at 2B Slynko Street and ask the Cabinet of Ministers for material support to respond to the consequences of the emergency. On the basis of this decision today, all of the necessary materials will be prepared in order hand them to Premier Mykola Azarov tomorrow," said the first deputy head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration, Valentyn Dulub.

As reported, in the morning on September 4 a flat on the third floor of a nine-floor building at 2B, Slynko Street in Kharkiv exploded, and as a result facing walls between the first and fourth floors of the building collapsed, while corner load bearing walls shifted from their foundation by 40-50 centimeters from the first to sixth floors.

The building's residents were evacuated and accommodated in hotels and in the official premises of Kharkivmisklift municipal enterprise.

The building is to be repaired and completely redesigned. The building is expected to be repaired by December 20. Kharkiv Mayor Hennadiy Kernes promised that until this time, the people affected would not have to pay for housing services.

The investigatory department of Kharkiv region opened a criminal case on the explosion under paragraph 2, article 367 of the Criminal Code (official negligence that led to serious consequences).

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