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Storm In Southern Kazakhstan Causes Destructions, Injuries


TARAZ, Kazakhstan -- A strong storm in Kazakhstan's southern region of Zhambyl has destroyed dozens of buildings, injuring at least 11 people.

Three of the wounded were hospitalized.

Regional Emergency Department officials told RFE/RL that the storm hit the region on the evening of November 3.

The storm damaged the roofs of houses and public institutions, as well electricity lines in the regional capital, Taraz, and other areas, leaving dozens of villages and settlements without electricity.

Several trains connecting Kazakhstan’s southern regions with other parts of the country were suspended.

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