Dust Storm Causes Water, Electricity Outages in Kazakhstan

12 Aug 2014 by Local Press Report

A severe dust storm has left Aktau city in western Kazakhstan without water and electricity,Tengrinews reports citing Aktau Business. The disaster hit the city in Mangistau Oblast on Sunday, August 10. The city is located on the shore of the Caspian Sea, in the middle of a desert with a harsh hot climate and no immediately available fresh water. Mangistau atomic energy complex MAEC-Kazatomprom is the only source of electricity, heat and water for the city of Aktau and the surrounding towns and villages. The water is produced by desalination and distillation of salty water from the Caspian Sea. The dust storm caused a failure at the central power line leaving around 200 thousand citizens cut off from electricity...

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