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Mongolia|politics|January 26, 2024 / 01:12 PM
Mongolian authorities to provide compensations for people affected by gas explosion in Ulaanbaatar

AKIPRESS.COM - The regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, which was held on January 25, discussed the gas explosion in Ulaanbaatar, Montsame reports.

Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the State Emergency Commission S. Amarsaikhan, along with leaders from relevant law enforcement agencies, provided information on the fire accident that occurred at the intersection of "Ikh Mongol" and "Dunjingarav" shopping center in 26th subdistrict of Bayanzurkh district of the capital at 1:06 a.m. on January 24. The impact resulted in a massive fire outbreak and a sequence of explosions, leading to the deaths of three firefighters. A total of 27 people were taken to health facilities, and 13 people received counseling services. 14 people aged from 19 to 60 who were burned are currently hospitalized.

The preliminary assessment from the National Emergency Management Agency revealed that the truck collided with a small car, triggering an immediate explosion. Subsequently, a second blast occurred, exerting significant force, and claiming the lives of the firefighters present at the scene.

Emergency services transported ten individuals to a hospital for burn treatment, while another person received care at a poison center. The fire extended to nearby structures, including a residential building, leading to the evacuation of 43 people. Sixty households were affected by the incident. Additionally, more than two dozen cars were engulfed in flames due to the explosions.

The Cabinet made the decision to address the damage caused by the accident. This includes compensating the families of the servicemen who lost their lives in the fire, as per legal provisions. Additionally, the residents of Building 207, impacted by the incident, will be relocated.

The expenses for renting alternative housing will be covered from the government's reserve fund until September 1. The funds disbursed from the government's reserve will be claimed from the responsible party. Families of the deceased firefighters will each receive a three-room apartment in the "Buyant Ukhaa-2" apartment complex. The renovation of Building 207 will be financed from the capital city's budget and is expected to be completed by September 1.

Deputy Prime Minister S. Amarsaikhan has assigned relevant ministers and leaders the task of updating and uniformly enforcing standards and regulations applicable throughout Mongolia. This includes improving the structure, capabilities, fund distribution, and external relations of NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency), with special attention to the training and safety of all employees. Additionally, plans should be made to organize rescue operations training from abroad.

The administration of the capital city has been instructed to establish a working group responsible for inspecting whether gas stations in Ulaanbaatar, which store and transport explosive substances like fuel and gas, comply with legal and standard requirements. The group is also directed to draw conclusions and implement necessary measures.

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