Ammo depot fire aftermath: 96% of affected area cleared, explosions stop

15:20, 21 October 2018
Ukraine
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Some 96% of the area affected by a massive fire and explosions at an ammunition depot near Ichnya, Chernihiv region, has been cleared of unexploded ordnance and other threatening objects, as reported in the press service of the Chernihiv Regional State Administration, referring to the data provided by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

According to the report, the emergency area covers 72,395 hectares, of which 69,282 hectares have been cleared, or 95.7%.

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“The settlements were completely cleared. Demining teams moved to clearing the 5-km, or in some places 3-km, zone around the storage site,” the State Emergency Service official said at a regular meeting of the operational headquarters in Ichnya Sunday.

Another official, representing the defense ministry, stated that for the second day there had been no explosions in the area.

Sixty-nine buildings in 20 settlements around the incident site have been restored, officials say.

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