Lost container with cesium found in Kyzylorda region - ministry
ASTANA. Sept 8 (Interfax) - A container carrying cesium-137, which was lost in Kazakhstan's Mangistau region, has been found in the Kyzylorda region, the republic's Interior Ministry said on Saturday.
In the early hours of September 6, police received a call from a resident of the city of Kyzylorda who said that a Kamaz vehicle was carrying the lost radioactive isotope of cesium, the spokesperson said.
"As soon as the report came in, the personnel in the Kyzylorda and nearby regions were immediately instructed to stop the vehicle. As a result of their concerted efforts, police officers stopped the Kamaz vehicle with a driver and passenger and the lost capsule in the trunk, on the turn into the town of Baigekum, Shieli District, Kyzylorda region, at 2 a.m. this morning," the Interior Ministry said.
The driver and the passenger of the vehicle have been brought to the Shieli District Police Department and are now being questioned.
It was reported that a container carrying cesium-137, which was 30 centimeters high, had 20 centimeters in diameter and weighed about 50-60 kilograms, fell out of the Kamaz vehicle on August 28 on the Sai-Otes-Shetpe road in the Mangistau region.
The search for the dangerous object involved all regional emergency agencies, including the police, the emergency situations ministry and the army. The authorities of the Mangistau region promised a 1.5-million tenge award (the current exchange rate: 182 tenge/$1) to anyone who finds the container with the cesium.
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