Restoration works have started in Balakliya, Kharkiv region, where ammunition depot went on fire on March 23. Residents are returning to the city. This was reported by Yuliya Svitlychna, the Governor of Kharkiv Oblast, on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"The fire was eliminated, there are single explosions, but they are not powerful and are not dangerous for local residents. According to the estimates of our experts, about 40 objects have high degree of destruction and are subject to major repairs. About 100 homes and objects of social infrastructure have medium level of damages. We are organizing the work so that restoration works were started in three steps. First step will require from 2 to 4 days — we will do this on our own. Second stage up to week and third one until full recovery, which will take some time," Svitlychna informed.
She also noted that the residents of damaged houses will be placed in local hotels (about 60 people) and hostel of children's and young people's sporting school (about 30 people) during restoration works.
Also, according to Kharkiv Governor, the work of major supermarket was restored, other stores will start working soon. Pharmacies are completely supplied with drugs.
She also confirmed that NATO representatives are arriving at the military base to start mine clearance process.
As 112 International reported earlier, the fire on the military arsenal in the city of Balakliya started at about 3 a.m. early on Thursday. The ammunition began detonating very quickly. The rescue workers sat that the blasts are happening on the technical territory of the arsenal, but the one off sprays are happening as well.
The biggest arsenal in the country is situated in Balakliya, it is called the 65th arsenal. Its passport capacity is 150 thousand tons, however mass media have repeatedly stated that the arsenal is overpacked.
Almost 20 000 people are evacuated from Balakliya due to the blasts on ammunition depot at Kharkiv region. Kharkiv regional police started working clock round after explosion in Balakliya.