A fire at a clinic for drug addicts in the southeastern Kazakh city of Taldykorgan killed 38 people on Sunday morning, the Central Asian state's government said.
The Emergency Ministry said in a statement that workers evacuated and rescued another 40 people. The cause of the fire was unknown.
"The fire was localised by 6:31 a.m. (local time)", the ministry said.
The facility is one of many state-run healthcare institutions offering treatment and counseling to drug addicts in the former Soviet republic which lies on the main drug trafficking route from Afghanistan to Western Europe.
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