10,000 people evacuated after powerful blasts hit Ukraine's Chernigov depot; airspace, roads put on lockdown

Kiev (Ukraine), News Nation Bureau | Updated : 09 October 2018, 01:10 PM
Ukraine: 10,000 people evacuated after explosions at ammunition depot (Image: Instagram)
Ukraine: 10,000 people evacuated after explosions at ammunition depot (Image: Instagram)

As many as 10,000 people from the northern city of Chernigov in Ukraine were evacuated after powerful explosions at an arsenal depot on Monday night. The airspace and roads 20 km within the area have been put on lockdown. As many as 220 emergency staffers and 60 technical units have been dispatched to the scene, according to Russia Today as quoted by news agency ANI.

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The first explosion was reported at 3:30 am in Ichnia town, the Ukraine’s General Staff reported. The scale of the explosion and the territory it has affected is unclear at the moment. An emergency response headquarters has been set up.

There has been no information on casualties so far, First Deputy Interior Minister Serhiy Yarovoy, in charge of the emergency headquarters, said.

(Further details awaited)

First Published: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 11:19 AM
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