The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Cuba suffering from drought and send there specialists following a request from the country, said Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov at the meeting with ambassador of Cuba in Russia Emilio Lozada Garcia, which has taken place at the National Crisis Management Center. The main objective of the meeting was discussion of the drought in Cuba and ways to get over it.
“The drought has become a disaster. Around 4 million people are suffering from it now”, - Mr. Garcia told.
The number of personnel and equipment is getting increased in the Republic of Buryatia to fight wildfires. To promptly put out the wildfires, additional groups of the federal reserve are being sent to Buryatia from Russian regions.
Today, an Emergencies Ministry's Il-76 aircraft has been sent to the city of Khanty-Mansiysk to airlift more than 100 smokejumpers from there. Avialesookhrana experts will be allocated among those districts of the republic, where the forest fire situation is most complicated.
Trucks that are going to join another humanitarian convoy bound for Donetsk and Luhansk regions set out today at 7 AM from Noginsk Rescue Center to Rostov Region. The convoy will have over 40 trucks carrying about 700 tonnes of books provided by the Russian Ministry of Education and needed to schools in the coming school year.
Another stage of humanitarian operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions has been successfully finished. The 36th Russian Emergencies Ministry convoy, that delivered over a thousand tonnes of relief goods, returned to Rostov Region.
On their way back all the trucks underwent prescribed customs procedures at Donetsk and Matveyev Kurgan checkpoints.
Following an order of the Russian Government an Emergencies Ministry Il-76 plane with relief goods aboard has taken off today for Syria.
The plane is going to deliver over 20 tonnes of humanitarian aid to the city of Latakia. There are tinned meat, fish and milk, sugar and essentials, including blankets.
On its way back to Moscow the plane will get aboard about 90 citizens of Russia, CIS and other countries who want to leave Syria due to more active military actions.
Russian Emergencies Ministry humanitarian convoy has reached destination. There were no contingencies on the way. All the trucks and cargoes were examined at checkpoints.
At the moment they are being unloaded at warehouses in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Representatives of local governments and the Restoration Management Center are present during unloading and will then distribute the goods among social institutions in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
When unloaded the trucks will head back to Rostov Region.
A Russian Emergencies Ministry Il-76 plane has taken off from Ramenskoye airport to the city of Rostov-on-Don to take aboard 20 seriously ill children from Donetsk and Luhansk regions. All of them are urgent need of highly-qualified medical aid unavailable in Donbass due to a complicated situation.
The plane is rigged with modern equipment and special medical units, medical ventilation apparatuses and cardiomonitors allowing for providing medical aid to the patients during the flight.
An Emergencies Ministry Il-76 plane has taken off from Ramenskoye airport to deliver humanitarian aid to the people affected by wildfires last April in Khakassia.
The most of the humanitarian cargo contain foods: tea, muesli, flour flakes, and other essentials.
The relief goods were provided by the factories of the Russian Reserve. The cargo was delivered in Ramenskoye airport and loaded by the rescuers of Noginsk Rescue Center of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.
Moscow, Russia | Thursday 8/13/2015 - 17:42 GMT
by Max DELANY
Syria's main opposition group on Thursday insisted President Bashar al-Assad must go and rejected calls to join forces against Islamic State jihadists as it met with Russia's foreign minister.
The head of Syria's National Coalition Khaled Khoja held talks with top diplomat Sergei Lavrov as part of a fresh push by Russia to find a way out of the four-year civil war that has cost some 240,000 lives.
Situational overview: The situation in eastern Ukraine remains unstable and volatile with shelling and fighting, in some regions on a daily basis. The humanitarian situation is grave with freedom of movement and humanitarian access restricted, limiting the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry convoy carrying relief goods to Donbass has moved out to the Russian border. There are over 100 trucks carrying over 1,000 tonnes of goods, most of which are foods, medicines and books.
Before reaching the border, the convoy will fall in two. One half of it will continue to Donetsk checkpoint, while the other will proceed to Matveyev Kurgan checkpoint to undergo necessary customs procedures following international humanitarian laws.
1. Brief description of the emergency and impact
The humanitarian situation in Eastern Ukraine deteriorated dramatically in the spring of 2014 as a result of fighting clashes between militia armed groups in Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. The militia proclaimed autonomy of their territory from the central authorities of Ukraine.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry humanitarian convoy of over 100 trucks carrying over a thousand tonnes of cargo has arrived in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. There were no contingencies on the way. At present the trucks are being unloaded.
The discharge process is watched over by representatives of the local government and the Restoration Management Center who will distribute the goods around social facilities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The most of food will be delivered to schools and preschool facilities.
For over a year, the situation in the south-eastern parts of Ukraine has been causing a massive flow of Ukrainian citizens into the territory of the Russian Federation. According to data from the Russian Federal Migration Service, confirmed by UNHCR, several hundred thousand Ukrainian citizens have entered Russia and stayed there since the beginning of 2014.