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Kazakh president demands answers over deadly flooding

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev (Jan 2010)
Mr Nazarbayev ordered a "thorough investigation" into the disaster

Kazakhstan's president has called for the prosecution of anyone suspected of causing a flood which devastated a village when a dam burst.

Officials say 35 people died in Kyzyl-Agash in the Almaty region this week. About 1,000 villagers were evacauted.

The dam failed after a build-up of floodwater from melting snow and rain.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev said if failure to carry out repair work caused the dam to burst, those guilty should be brought "to justice".

He told the security services to "carry out a thorough investigation" into the incident, state news agency Kazinform reported.

The president said a state commission looking into the causes of the disaster had to submit its report by Tuesday.

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