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Analysis: VOP crisis staff non-operational at time of explosion

Crisis staff at the Vojenský Opravarenský Podnik (Military Maintenance Company - VOP) in Nováky (Trenčin region) were non-operational at the time of the explosion that took place at the site on March 2, a VOP crisis management analysis due to be dealt with by the Cabinet on August 8, reads.

The analysis also revealed that various types of ammunition were scattered about the VOP premises prior to the explosion.

"The company management failed to provide information on the amount and type of ammunition in the defusing hall, or on the number of people working there at the time of the explosion," the report adds.

The analysis, which will be submitted by Defence Minister František Kašický, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, and Health Minister Ivan Valentovič, also states that communications, standby sources of energy and crisis staff headquarters were not sufficiently provided for at the company.

The huge explosion at VOP in March killed eight people, seriously injured another, and caused serious injuries to 20 others. The damage to property belonging to VOP and other individuals and companies in Nováky and the neighbouring towns has been estimated at Sk61 million (€1.83 million).

Police have so far charged five people with negligence.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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