According to Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs Vladimir Becker, 2,500 buildings across the country require a seismic retrofit. The announcement was made during a recent meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission on Prevention and Liquidation of Emergencies.
Participants of the meeting also discussed the state of earthquake engineering in the country and its further strengthening in areas prone to earthquakes.
“Over the period of 2010-2015, we have modified 101 educational, 50 health and 100 production facilities all over the country. However, 470 schools, 270 hospitals, 198 kindergartens, 1,046 public buildings and 511 industrial facilities still need urgent capital repairs and improvement,” said Becker.
He also noted that old and dilapidated buildings, as well as facilities requiring overhauls are the real source of danger for citizens, especially in seismic active regions of Kazakhstan.
In addition, during the meeting it was also reported that residential seismic strengthening has been conducted only in the South Kazakhstan region.