Accessibility links

Breaking News

Flooding Closes Roads, Forces Evacuations In Kazakhstan

ASTANA -- Roads in several parts of Kazakhstan have been closed due to severe floods caused by snowmelt.

The Emergency Situations Committee at Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry said on April 13 that many major and minor roads in the Aqmola, East Kazakhstan, Pavlodar and Qaraghandy regions have been closed.

Hundreds of residents have been evacuated from dozens of towns and villages in the afflicted regions, but no casualties were reported.

A similar situation was reported in the South Kazakhstan region, where roads remain functioning amid reports of floods hitting some towns and villages.

Temperatures in some regions has abruptly risen as high as 26 Celsius in recent days, causing snow to melt quickly.

  • 16x9 Image

    RFE/RL's Kazakh Service

    RFE/RL's Kazakh Service offers informed and accurate reporting in the Kazakh and Russian languages about issues that matter in Kazakhstan, while providing a dynamic platform for audience engagement and the free exchange of news and ideas.