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Blast Victims Decry Slow Pace Of Reconstruction In Turkmen City

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Residents of a Turkmen city devastated last year when an ammunition depot blew up have expressed frustration over the lack of reconstruction there, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reports.

After initially rejecting reports of the fiery blasts, the Turkmen government pledged to repair all the damage done in July during the hours of explosions in Abadan -- located some 20 kilometers outside the capital, Ashgabat -- and make the city of some 50,000 people better than before.

Some residents told an RFE/RL correspondent in Abadan, under condition of anonymity, about the reconstruction efforts in the city nearly six months after the July 7 tragedy.

One person said the "government's effort to reconstruct the city seems limited to construction of only the exterior [of buildings], replacing broken windows and reconstructing buildings that were completely destroyed. That is no more than a cosmetic effort."

Another Abadan inhabitant affected by the blast indicated that his family had not received any help from the government.

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Blast Victims Decry Slow Pace Of Reconstruction In Turkmen City

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