Accessibility links

Breaking News

Victims Of Last Year's Floods In Southern Kazakhstan Remembered

Kazakh soldiers talk to women who are preparing meals for flood victims on March 15, 2010.
QYZYLAGHASH, Kazakhstan -- A ceremony was held today in Kazakhstan's southern town of Qyzylaghash to commemorate those who died in massive flooding one year ago, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Almaty Oblast Aksu district Governor Askerbek Duisembaev told journalists that Qyzylaghash residents gathered at the memorial to commemorate the 45 victims of the floods. Islamic prayers were read and a special commemoration meal was served.

Late on March 11, 2010, a local dam was swept away by flood water, inundating households in Qyzylaghash and killing people and livestock.

Last month, the Taldy-Qorghan garrison's military court sentenced three people to five years in jail for negligence that resulted in fatalities.

The three are Quanysh Bekeev, chairman of the directorate of Qyzylaghash Ltd., the company which owned the dam; Qyzylaghash Ltd. Director Mukhit Zhunusov; and former district Governor Eset Zhunusov.

Read more in Kazakh here