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Kazakhstan Promises To Relocate Residents Of 'Sleeping Village'

Kazakhstan's promising to resettle residents of a village near an abandoned uranium where dozens of people have suffered halluncinations, somnolence and memory loss.

The governor of the northern Aqmola region said on January 16 that all residents of Kalachi will be relocated by May.

Since 2013, about 100 people in the village of 680 have been striken with a mysterious "sleeping disease" whose cause has not been determined.

Many in the village believe the ailments are linked to the Soviet-era uranium mine nearby.

The government long resisted their pleas for relocation.

But regional governor Sergei Kulagin said that eight famliies have already been relocated and that up to 30 would move out by the end of January.

He said businesses in the Aqmola region would help fund the relocation program.

Based on reporting by Kazinform and Astana-FM