The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has called on the government to pay more attention to the quality of drinking water as the number of people in the republic's east apparently sickened by tainted tap water reached 145.
Chechen Prime Minister Abubakar Edelgeriev briefed Kadyrov on June 4 on the incident in the district of Nozhai-Yurt, saying that results of water tests conducted in the region would be available soon.
Local authorities said earlier this week that 109 residents of the village of Ishkhoi-Yurt, including 26 children, had been hospitalized with symptoms of poisoning.
Residents in the Chechen capital, Grozny, have been warned by loudspeakers not to drink tap water.
Edelgeriev is leading a special commission to investigate the incident.