This Kazakh village sleeps for weeks. Find out why?
Sometimes source of some of the illness are really not in hands of us humans. Sometimes we don’t even know what is affecting us. One day we can be hale and hearty, but in the next moment something may happen to us which can affect us for a long time.
One such place is Kalachi village of Kazakhstan, where people are plagued with mysterious illness which keeps them asleep for not hours, but days and even weeks.
1 The mysterious happenings
Viktor Kazachenko once fell asleep on his way to nearest town with his wife. The strange thing is that he doesn’t know what made him fall asleep. He is not the only one to experience this sort of phenomenon.
He says that his brain shut off while he was on his motorbike, with his wife. He slept for 6 days, waking up in the hospital. He experienced high blood pressure and severe headaches.
2 Symptoms of the illness
The village of Kalachi is situated at besides an abandoned Uranium mine of Soviet era. This is being blamed for the mysterious illness suffered for the past 2-3 years.
The person suffering from the illness experiences bouts of dizziness, fatigue, inability to walk or stand up and also memory problems. The first person to suffer this problem was Lyubov Belkova in 2010 and the bouts of sleepiness were repeated 6-7 times. This illness spread soon enough, with dozens of residents falling asleep.
3 Even doctors are clueless
This sleeping sickness is even making the doctors and scientists scratch their heads.
The scientists have checked the village for every possible causes of the illness. They checked for carbon monoxide, increased levels of radiation, radon and even presence of heavy metals in the ground. They have diagnosed the patients with encephalopathy, a kind of brain disorder; but they have not found out the origin of the said disorder.
Even the Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev, and Prime Minister Karim Masimov have taken personal interest in the village’s problem. They have set up a commission to coordinate the research.
4 Cause of the illness
The villagers blame the Uranium in the air and soil, which comes from the nearby Uranium mine of Krasnogorsk, which was active during the Soviet era.
But the mine workers have not being affected by the Uranium and the researchers found the levels of radiation to be at ground levels. But the residents of the village are sure that the radiation from the mine is what causing their sleepy sickness.
5 Options and Solutions
The regional governor Sergey Kulagin, along with other authorities opted for a radical solution. They have decided to relocate the residents of the Kalachi to far away towns.
They are working with local authorities and have succeeded in relocating 100 residents. The mayor of the village Asel Sadvokasova herself has experienced a bout of the sleeping sickness. But some of the villagers refuse to move from the village. Kazachenko says that he is not moving anywhere; he has been living here for 40 years.
The doctors on the other hand have found Oedema- collection of excess fluids on brain amongst the scan. They fear for the consequences of prolonged oedema on the brains of children.
Villagers are open to the some compensation in place of relocation. They say that they have lived their whole lives in the village and relocation would be a bigger problem than headaches or sleep sickness.