GORNO-ALTAISK, December 25 (Itar-Tass) — An emergency airplane with the equipment for the restoration operations in the settlement Khovu-Aksy,where people are freezing up over the heating breakdown at the local thermal power station, landed in Kyzyl on Tuesday morning. The emergency airplane is being unloaded, the press service of the Tuva government told Itar-Tass.
Ten electric power units with the power of 4-6 Kw, 20 illumination towers, two electric power generators with the power of 10-15 Kw, 33 heaters were brought to the republic. The cargo weight totals about 30 tonnes. Tuva leader Sholban Kara-ool said at the telecom conferences with the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations that the relief supplies are needed, primarily special equipment, stoves and spare parts The repaired boiler was re-launched at the Khovu-Aksy thermal power station on December 24, but it had to halt it again over new cracks in it. The welding works continue to eliminate the malfunctions.
Over 200 people and 20 units of machinery are working in the restoration and evacuation. Seventeen teams of a total of 107 emergency workers, 32 chief executives and executive officials in charge of the restoration operations, eight psychologists, 30 doctors, 60 OMON riot policemen, three road police patrol cars, the leadership and employees of the district authorities, as well as the emergency forces are involved in the operations. 25 people are working at the evacuation camp. Eleven buses are used for the evacuation of people. 45 residential houses remain frozen. Two KAMAZ universal mobile heaters 400 Gorynych were dispatched in the settlement from Novosibirsk.
About 3,200 people from a total population of over 3,700 people in the settlement were evacuated from Khovu-Aksy by Monday morning over the heating supply, which was disrupted in the evening on December 20.