At least 13 people have died and around 50 have been injured by the explosions registered in a munitions depot in the Zhambyl region, in southern Kazakhstan, according to a new death toll confirmed by the authorities this Saturday.
According to the Ministry of Emergencies, the deposit stored 500 tons of trilite. The explosion was so powerful that fragments of ammunition were fired up to two kilometers.
The event took place around 7:00 p.m. (local time) on Thursday at the military installations, where the emergency services continued to work this past Friday. Several people are still missing, according to sources cited by the ‘Kazinform’ portal.
Kazakh President Kasim Jomart Tokayev has asked citizens to remain calm and announced the launch of an investigation into the explosion. Likewise, it has called an emergency meeting to analyze the incident, of which the causes are unknown.
The president, on the other hand, announced this Saturday that tomorrow, August 29, will be a day of national mourning for the victims of the explosions.
“In connection with the tragic incident in the Bayzak district of Zhambyl province, which caused the death of several people, I declare August 29 a day of national mourning,” he said on his Twitter account.