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Residents of the city of Kiselevsk of the Kemerovo region, who applied for asylum in Canada because of the bad ecological situation in the region, reported numerous underground fires near the settlement. This writes the newspaper “news of Kiselevsk”.
According to local residents, the fire occurred near coal mines outside of town and in the city. “It seems that if we burn, you’ll suffocate for sure. We have a coal burning underground, and the nearest house is not more than 25 meters,” — said the citizen Vitaly Shestakov, whose house is located close to the mine.
In September 2018 the spouse and child Shestakova hospitalized with acute carbon monoxide poisoning. They were saved by the fact that the woman woke up on time and were able to navigate, despite not feeling well.
Shestakov himself on the eve of June 12, received burns to the feet: held for journalists a tour and during rounds fell to the ground. The doctors prescribed the victim medication. Now in this situation investigators.
Chief editor Natalia Zubkova noted that Shestakov burned on site, which was not fenced and that didn’t have cautionary signs. “Smoke here specific, something between burnt plastic and the smell of heated furnaces. I’m 25 minutes was enough to earn a headache and nausea for a day (…) In some places it is impossible to bring the hand to the ground — burn”, she added.
Locals told us that in the days of the Soviet Union in Kiselevsk dug a hole for opening the rocks. In the late 1980s, the digging stopped and filled the hole with earth. Around 2010 people started to experience the unpleasant smell, but the experts who made the analysis of air, nothing harmful found. A few years later, the smell intensified, and underground fires became visible to the naked eye.
10 June it was reported that the residents of Kiselevsk wrote an appeal to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau and the UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres to grant them refugee status due to poor ecological situation in Kuzbass. The head of the region Sergey Tsivilev promised to meet with people and help them.
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