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Residents of Kazakhstan’s mysterious sleeping village resettled in other locations

Kalachi residents relocated due to a mysterious sleeping illness.
Kalachi residents relocated due to a mysterious sleeping illness. Image by Alex J. Butler / CC BY 2.0

Nearly a third of the residents of Kalachi, a village in Kazakhstan plagued by an unexplained sleeping illness, have been relocated to other parts of the country. Around 140 people have relocated after villagers were affected by a condition of sudden, extended bouts of narcolepsy and grogginess. The relocated villagers said they have been unaffected by the condition since their move. Meanwhile, almost 400 people remain in Kalachi, 250 of which are on waiting lists for resettlement. Residents have been complaining about the sleeping illness since 2013, though scientists and local authorities have yet to pin down the cause. Read more: inform.kz