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16 Dec 2014

Tengrinews (Kazakhstan)

Kazakh Vice Prime Minister visits Berezovka village after mass poisoning of children

Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Berdybek Saparbayev has visited Berezovka village after the mass poisoning of children...[H]e informed that the visit to the village in close proximity to the major oil and gas field Karachaganak was made to comply with the instruction he was given by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. "A state commission has been established...[A]ll the relevant bodies are involved. For now I can only say that the results of the investigation will be announced by January 20," Saparbayev said...Prosecutor of West Kazakhstan Oblast Serik Karamanov reminded the villagers that a criminal investigation had been initiated into the poisoning of children. In addition, he said that inspectors found that the school was situated in the lowest point of the village, and the gas is known to accumulate in the lowlands. According to him, this is the reason why only school children and some school staff suffered from the emissions. But the villagers are looking for action. They asked the Akim why there were no relocation plans even though dozens of people, mostly children, had suffered in this latest incident...Residents of Berezovka wrote a letter to the President of Kazakhstan asking to be relocated away from the field.