Sunday, 21 February 2010

Chernovetsky сalls on citizens to inform city call centre about icicles on building roofs that threaten their health

Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky is calling on citizens to inform the city's call centre about icicles on the roofs of buildings if they pose a threat to their health.

Ukrainian News learned this from the press service of the Kyiv municipal administration.

"This a very serious question, so I'm taking it under my personal control. I appeal to all Kyivans not to be indifferent and call me personally 15-51 and notify about revealed icicles. I promise you immediate response," the press service quotes the mayor as saying.

He also instructed district state administrations to step up work on removing icicles and fence areas dangerous for pedestrians around with warning tape.

The press service of the Kyiv municipal administration told Ukrainian News that falling icicles have injured four people in Kyiv in the past three days.

An emergency meeting of the operational headquarters on emergency situations has been convened to discuss the problem of icicles.

During the meeting, the Kyiv municipal administration's first deputy head Anatoliy Holubchenko instructed the municipal administration's main department of housing to hire professional steeplejacks and provide them with the equipment necessary to remove icicles from the roofs of buildings.

"I am calling on the heads of all districts to urgently telephone and write the managements of the buildings that are not owned by the municipal authorities... All the entities that have buildings on their books should be informed of the need to remove icicles from roofs as well as about the responsibility for improper maintenance of the buildings under their control. It is necessary to work with the residents of the apartments where access to balconies are difficult. In addition, all the dangerous places near buildings should be sealed off with warning tapes, and I particularly request that Kyiv residents walk around such zones," Holubchenko said.

In case of problems, Kyiv residents can call the Kyiv Rescue Service by the telephone number 430-37-13 or the Kyiv municipal administration's main department of emergency situations by the telephone number 430-50-10.

In addition, the Kyiv municipal administration's call center can be reached 24 hours a day via the telephone number 15-51.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Chernovetsky believes that negligent carrying of duties by chairpersons of district state administrations led to an icicle falling on a woman in the Pecherskyi district on February 17 and injuring her.

Chernovetsky called on the Kyiv prosecutors' office for holding liable those guilty of injury of the citizen

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