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Independent experts say: lake # 6 threatens the safety of Almaty

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Almaty rescuers checked the infamous lake # 6! According to independent experts, the reservoir threatens the security of the metropolis and can cause destructive debris flow. Today rescuers flew over the glaciers of Zailiyskiy Alatau together with journalists and showed exactly what they are doing to reduce the amount of hazardous mountain lake.

Here, in the mountains, at a height of over three and a half thousand meters of the work does not stop even for a minute. Experts «Kazselezaschita” quickly purify and expand the drainage channel to lake No. 6. The glacier named after Manshuk Mametova, which feeds the lake water, already began to melt, it is necessary to connect the siphon for pumping excessive water volume, to avoid trouble.

Isan Kokanbaev, chief engineer of “Kazselezaschita” of the Ministry of emergency situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan:

– Constantly monitoring of the lake and the discharges produced by this channel. Therefore, at present no danger, we declare as experts «Kazselezaschita”.

Doctor of geographical Sciences Boris Stepanov considers his mission accomplished. It two years ago all over the country told about the dangers of the then not so famous lake No. 6. Now a scientist says he’s happy that the rescuers paid to the pond’s attention. However, believes that it is generally better to drain.

Boris Stepanov, doctor of geographical Sciences, Professor:

– The most dangerous are non-stationary lakes, i.e. those lakes, which a few years do not exist and then filled. This category has now passed lake # 6. Seems as though it never threatens, in fact, it greatly threatens Almaty.

A small mountain lake under the mystical number 6 which caused in recent years a lot of noise, today, under the close supervision of geologists and geographers. Experts say that everything is under control. The volume of water artificially maintained at the same level. The overflow reservoir can only in one case – if there is a split of the glacier and chunks of ice fall into the water. And then the troubles cannot be avoided. However, when it will occur and whether will occur in General, geographers do not dare say.

Meanwhile, experts say with certainty: in the near future the glacier will not move. Besides the lake itself over the past year, badly crushed. Now, rescue workers say, it is hoped that in the mountains not happened strong earthquake.

Yury Ilyin, head of Department for the prevention of natural disasters of Almaty city:

– These bog lakes may pose a threat in the event of a catastrophic earthquake that may lead to the resolution of the jumpers and the formation of debris flow, but we still exist dams that protect the city of Almaty.

Watch lake No. 6 specialists «Kazselezaschita” will be until the end of September, while in the mountains it will snow. And then, on the already familiar scenario, this pond will forget again until may next year when the glaciers will start to melt.

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