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Putin in infrastructure upgrade call

Concerns have been expressed about the state of industrial infrastructure in Russia after a powerful explosion killed dozens of people at a hydroelectric plant in southern Siberia.

After a visit to the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called for regular checks and upgrades at ageing projects.

A sum of £18,997 ($31,300) has been pledged to the families of the dead as compensation. Mr Putin urged the plant’s owner, RusHydro, to make the same payments to the families of those still missing.

According to recent updates the death toll could increase to more than 70, while as many as 64 are feared missing. The incident has also disrupted the region’s power supply.

Speaking at a government meeting in Moscow, Putin said: “There is a need to conduct serious inspections of all strategic and vitally important objects of infrastructure.”

He also emphasised that workers should adhere to the industrial safety standards.

At least three of the plant’s 10 turbines were said to have been destroyed while three others damaged after the blast suffered blown out walls which caused the power plant’s turbine room to flood.

The cause of the accident has not yet been revealed, but officials claim that a faulty turbine and rise of pressure in the pipes could be to blame for the explosion.


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