The soldiers of the Aktobe regiment of the Kazakhstan National Guard rescued 96 people trapped on snowy highways, reported the press service of the National Guard. Because of the heavy weather conditions in the Khromtau and Kargalinsk districts of the Aktobe region, public transport, lorries and passenger cars got stuck in snow.
In order to help people left on roads, personnel and equipment of military unit 6655 were mobilised. The military also organised an evacuation point for victims. According to the press statement, the rescue team consisted of six soldiers, including two drivers, headed by the chief of the battalion Captain Nuraly Seitalin. Another emergency rescue team on Ural 4320 heavy vehicle was headed by Captain Serik Koishybayev.
As stated in the announcement, the rescue operation lasted all night. As a result the timely response, people at a distance of 72 kilometres from the regional centre were saved and provided with food and shelter.