21 Jan 2019 13:04

Rescuers in Eastern Kazakhstan clear snow on road where over 230 vehicles got stranded

ASTANA. Jan 21 (Interfax) - Rescuers in the Eastern Kazakhstan region have cleared the snow from the Almaty - Ust Kamenogorsk highway where over 230 vehicles got stranded in a blizzard on Sunday, the press service of the Kazakh Interior Ministry's Emergency Situations Committee said on Monday.

"As of 12:20 p.m., the vehicles that had gotten trapped in snowdrifts continued their trips. There are no passengers left at the shelters; all of them are back in their vehicles. The company Kazakhavtodor is continuing to clear the roadway using nine machines," the agency said.

The blizzard began early on Sunday morning in the Urzhar district of the Eastern Kazakhstan region. Over 230 vehicles, including buses, trucks, and cars carrying more than 700 people, got stranded over the course of the day.