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Kazakhstan Declares June 2 As National Mourning For Forest Fire Victims

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the president of Kazakhstan, announced June 12 to be a day of national mourning in memory of those lost in a forest fire in the Abai region. 

The president expressed condolences to the families of the late forestry workers and stressed that this is “a great tragedy for all our people,” Akipress reported.

“I declare this Monday a day of national mourning. We will mourn with you, remembering the names of those who died. I urge you to stay strong and calm,” Tokayev said while speaking with the victims’ families in Abai.

On June 8, a natural fire in Kazakhstan’s eastern Abai area started. It covers 60,000 hectares of land. To extinguish the fires more than 1,000 workers and 252 units of equipment were involved in extinguishing the fires.

Tokayev replaced the Ministry of Emergency Situations’ head due to the backdrop of the fires. Fourteen firefighters were killed in the incident, and five were identified.


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