Almost 6,500 people evacuated because of explosions in Samara region

A total of 6,489 people were evacuated as of 10 p.m. on Tuesday from the town of Chapayevsk, Samara region situated near the Volga State Ammunition Test Range where projectiles stared to explode on Tuesday, the regional department of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry reported.

A total of 6,489 people were evacuated as of 10 p.m. on Tuesday from the town of Chapayevsk, Samara region situated near the Volga State Ammunition Test Range where projectiles stared to explode on Tuesday, the regional department of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry reported.

"As of midnight of Wednesday 85 people were lodged at deployed tents. Others have stayed with their relatives," the department said in a statement.

There are several theories of what happened, the Samara region governor's press service told Interfax.

"May be a human factor. Another theory is because of heat. Projectiles produced in 1940-s - 1960-s are stored at the range. It has been hot for several days. May be that was the influence of the weather," the press service said.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a number of orders in the wake of the incident in the Samara region, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

Putin listened to reports from Samara region Governor Nikolai Merkushkin, Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Health Minister Veronica Skvortsova at a conference call on Wednesday, he said.

"The president ordered above all that measures be taken to provide assistance to those affected," Peskov said.

Putin also instructed the Samara region governor to calculate the damage caused to the people living near the incident scene and make proposals on possible assistance from the federal government, Peskov said.

Ammunition started detonating at a military range in Chapayevsk, the Samara region, on Tuesday evening, and the explosions continued until Wednesday morning. A criminal case has been opened.

The Health Ministry told Interfax on Wednesday that the explosions affected 37 people, and 10 of them have been hospitalized.

All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

More exciting stories and videos on Russia Beyond's Facebook page

This website uses cookies. Click here to find out more.

Accept cookies