Rolled up and forgotten: Uzhgorod city life after the gas explosion

Anastasiya Lesiv, "Staryj Zamok"  28 August 2012 12:54  19319672 020182
Rolled up and forgotten: Uzhgorod city life after the gas explosion

It was the biggest disaster in Uzhgorod in recent years: last year, on August 29, gas explosion occured on the corner of Ruska and Ankudinov streets. The city and the district were left without gas for a long time, there were problems with electricity supply, transportation, sewer work.  

As it turned out the infamous accident that scared every resident in the city, was caused by earthworks performed by "Svemon Zakhid Ltd."   The workers damaged medium pressure gas pipeline. 
Gas mixture that accumulated under the neighboring cafe for three hours, exploded and a fire broke out.   Despite the firefighters' efforts, the explosion took victims.   
44-year-old waitress received burns of 80% of the body and later died. Two men with burns of 40% and 30% of the skin and damages of the respiratory tract were operated.


Because of the explosion the city and 26 villages of Uzhgorod district were left without gas supply.   The day after the accident Mayor Victor Pogorelov held a briefing and announced that experts would examine the system and only after that gas supplies would be resumed. It took almost all week.
Absence of gas badly affected all residents. In some neighborhoods, people even stoked a fire and cooked in the yards.

One year later ...
A few days after the accident the life of the city was settled: pipe was replaced, gas supply was restored, traces of earthworks were rolled into the asphalt, and now few people recall the tragedy. The only thing that reminds about it is broken windows and "roasted" roof of the cafe, which was the epicenter of the explosion. The chief doctor of the regional hospital Yuri Yatsyna commented on the health of two burned men: "Since the postoperative recovery men who survived the accident were not heard of. This only proves that they are well."

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