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Over 12,000 people evacuated from Ukraine's Ichnia, ammo still exploding

Gas supply to the town and the adjacent localities is suspended, as well as the railroad and air traffic
09:43, 10 October 2018

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The emergency in Ichnia, Chernihiv region is taken under control but the ammunition still explodes at the local depot. The State Emergency Service reported this on Wednesday morning.

The safety measures are underway. As of Tuesday evening, the fire was extinguished at about one-third of the area. Over 12,000 people were evacuated from Ichnia and the adjacent localities within the radius of 16 kilometres. Blasts of various degree of intensity are still heard there. 

Medical and humanitarian assistance is offered in the safe areas in the neighbouring districts of Chernihiv region; almost 2,300 people are now staying at eleven evacuation points. 

The State Emergency Service performed several urgent safety measures in Ichnia and the adjacent localities; gas supply to the town and its vicinities is now suspended. The railroad traffic via the local train station is temporarily cancelled, and the airspace is closed within the radius of 30 kilometres around Ichnia.

20,000 people ended up in the compulsory evacuation zone.

Related: Evacuated civilians return home after explosions at Ukraine's Ichnia ammo depot

Over the past four years, it's been the fifth accident with the ammunition stocks in Ukraine exploding; the incidents took place in Balakliya (Kharkiv region), Svatove (Luhansk region), and Kalynivka (Vinnytsia region).

As we reported, a fire and the consequent explosions occurred at the ammunition stock in the town of Ichnia, Chernihiv region. The press office of the Armed Forces reported that on Tuesday morning. The explosions began at about 3.30 a.m. All the relevant services and local authorities reacted immediately. Over 10,000 civilians were evacuated from the adjusted towns and villages.

State Emergency Service crews arrived on the scene to cope with the consequences of the disaster. The necessary restrictive measures took place throughout Chernihiv region and along the state border with Russia. 

Related: Ukraine's Security Service considers three possible causes of Ichnia explosions

Related: 56,500 tons of ammunition removed from depot before fire in Ukraine's Ichnia

Related: Seats of fire at ammo stock in Ichnia localized, - Defense Ministry of Ukraine

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