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A severe dust storm hits Aktau, Kazakhstan

by Enric Terradellas last modified Aug 12, 2014 10:45 AM

A severe dust storm has left Aktau city in western Kazakhstan without water and electricity. The disaster hit the city on Sunday, August 10. Aktau, one of the biggest cities of western Kazakhstan and the country's main seaport on the Caspian Sea, is located in the middle of a desert with a harsh hot climate and no immediately available fresh water. Mangistau atomic energy complex is the only source of electricity, heat and water, produced by desalination and distillation of salty water from the Caspian Sea. The dust storm caused a failure at the central power line leaving around 200 thousand citizens cut off from electricity and water supply.

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