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Number of hospitalized after Samara test-range explosions increases to 12

June 20, 2013, 9:16 UTC+3

The number of injured reached 43 people, one person died

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MOSCOW, June 20 (Itar-Tass) - The number of those hospitalized after unsanctioned explosions at the Privolzhsky ammunition test range in Samara Region has risen to12, an official at the Russian Ministry for Emergencies (RME) information department told Itar-Tass.

"As a result of unsanctioned explosions, 43 people have been injured, including 12 hospitalized, and one person died," the RME official said.

The necessary medical aid is being given to the victims of the explosions.

The man that died worked at the testing range. He tried to hide in a shelter when explosions started.

On June 20 the regional government plans to issue a 10,000 rouble compensation to those wounded in the explosions and will replace broken windows in the village of Nagorny located close to the testing range. Over 1,500 people assisted by 230 units of hardware, including eight aircraft and two fire trains, have been taking part in the liquidation of the aftermaths of the emergency situation. More than 6,500 locals of Nagorny were evacuated.

The press service of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations reported on Wednesday that five explosions had occurred one after another at an open area of the Privolzhskiy testing ground for munitions which belongs to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce near the town of Chapayevsk in the Samara region. The blasts caused a fire. Fire fighters managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the village of Nagorny and the fire was succesfully put out.

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