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The mudslide started when the dam securing the loam pulp dump of a brick factory near Babi Yar failed after rain, releasing large volumes of pulp down the steep hill of the modern Olena Teliha Street. The slide immediately hit the lower-located Kurenivka neighbourhood, including residential area, the Krasin Tram Depot, several industrial buildings and a cemetery, as well as automobiles and trams on its way. The estimated number of casualties varies from 1,500 to 2,000, but only 146 people were officially recognized as such.
Recovery operations continued for days, but no official notification of the tragedy had been published by the Soviet authorities. No public remembrance activities were allowed. As a result of the subsequent investigation, several construction engineers and managers responsible for dam’s design and maintenance were accused of criminal negligence and convicted.
See also 
- Google Maps Present-day satellite image centered on the area where the 1961 mudlside stopped
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