The movement of trains in the Kostanay region in northern Kazakhstan, which were delayed due to wildfires, is gradually resuming. This was announced on Sunday, September 4, in the press service of the Kazakhstan Railways company.
“On September 4, at 03:57 (00:57 Moscow time), after a preliminary inspection of the track, the first container train was sent, the second at 04:21 (01:21 Moscow time). At 05:25 (02:25 Moscow time), under the cover of a fire train, a passenger train No. 51 was sent from Almaty to Uralsk (delay time was 11 hours and 8 minutes) and train No. 37 from Semey to Mangystau,” the message says.
The company also clarified that the movement of trains will be fully resumed after information from the operational headquarters of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic.
Earlier that day, it was reported that six passenger and 11 freight trains were delayed due to natural fires in the Kostanay region.
The press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that 10 people were injured as a result of large-scale fires in the Kostanay region. There were no deaths reported in the fires.
According to the latest information, the fire area was 9.4 thousand hectares. Rescuers evacuated 1841 people from nearby villages.
Units from other regions continue to arrive to help Kostanay firefighters. Chairman of the Amanat party, speaker of the Mazhilis (lower house) of the parliament Yerlan Koshanov announced the collection of humanitarian aid for the affected residents of the region.
The fire broke out on Friday in the north of Kazakhstan, the fire reached the nearest villages. 250 railway workers were involved in extinguishing the fire. In addition, five fire trains provide water for fire brigades. Fire extinguishing work continues.