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2019.07.26 15:00

Soviet-era housing block cracks, residents evacuated

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LRT TV naujienų tarnyba, LRT.lt2019.07.26 15:00

Residents of a Soviet-era housing block were evacuated after illegal works inside an apartment may have caused the building walls to crack.

By Thursday afternoon, some could return to their homes in Lithuania's second largest city, Kaunas, but at least 15 apartments had to remain empty before repair work is completed.

Mending the damage could cost around 100,000 euros, and as the apartments are privately-owned, residents can only expect limited support from the municipality.

However, they will have the right to sue their neighbour, whose apartment renovation works have likely caused the incident.

Lithuanian cities and towns suffer from the ageing Soviet-era housing stock, which has been privatised after the independence. In recent years, the government and local municipalities have launched subsidised renovation schemes that require the majority of housing residents to agree before proceeding.