Russian Federation: Floods - Mar 2018Ongoing
In South Siberia (Tyva Republic and Altai Krai Region) and in the southern part of European Russia (Volgograd Region), as a result of rapid snow thaw and runoff of meltwater into riverbeds, water levels rose significantly from late March 2018 onwards. As of 16 April, there were 11,550 affected people in these regions in need of help from the Russian Red Cross Society (RRCS). (IFRC, 27 April 2018)
Fire and rescue divisions of the Russian Emergency Ministry keep on helping people whose houses are located in flooded areas. Those who have refused to go to temporary shelters are provided with foodstuffs, essentials and medicines. Livestock, pets and birds are being evacuated.
Managing bodies and forces of the Emergency Ministry’s Volgograd Region Directorate are working under the state of emergency. As of 7 April, 61 people, including 27 children, are staying at temporary shelters. Water has been pumped out of 19 houses and debris has been removed from 47 yards.
71 settlements, 803 houses, 3,502 farmlands, 29 low-level bridges and 8 sections of motorways remain flooded.
370 people have been relocated, with 56 of them staying at temporary shelters, while the rest preferred leaving for relatives and friends.
Normal functioning of the society is not disturbed: there are bypasses and all the settlements are within reach of firefighters.
Social, medical and other services are working at temporary shelters, people there are provided with hot meals, including baby food, bottled water, essentials and means of communication.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
In South Siberia (Tyva Republic and Altai Krai Region) and in the southern part of European Russia (Volgograd Region), as a result of rapid snow thaw and runoff of meltwater into riverbeds, water levels rose significantly from late March 2018 onwards. As of 16 April, there were 11,550 worst-affected people in these regions in need of help from the Russian Red Cross Society (RRCS).
Altai Krai Region
Flood situation is under special control of the Russian Emergencies Ministry. There are positive changes in Altai Territory. Number of flooded houses and years gradually decreases and water has completely drained from 14 settlements.
Russian Emergencies Ministry’s task groups are working in cooperation with local governments and provide aid to the affected.
Spring flood progresses in accordance with the forecast. Water level has risen in rivers of Altai, Tyva, Khakassia, Rostov Region and Altai Territory due to snowmelt runoffs.
Russian Emergencies Ministry’s task groups are working in cooperation with local governments and provide targeted aid to the affected people.
During today’s briefing with heads of Emergency Ministry’s territorial bodies Vladimir Puchkov demanded tighter control over safety during flood and wildfire seasons.
He heard reports by heads of Emergency Ministry’s directorates of the regions which are experiencing or starting experiencing difficulties. The Minister paid special attention to preventive measures.
State of emergency has been declared in Volgograd Region due to flood situation. The Governor of Volgograd Region Andrei Bocharov announced this during the meeting of the working group of the Governmental Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commission, which was headed by the Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov.
“Considering unfavorable weather forecast and second wave of flood it has been decided to declare a state of emergency in Volgograd Region”, said Andrei Bocharov.
The Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov has visited a temporary shelter at Bezymyanka Hamlet, deployed at the local school, during his working trip to Volgograd Region.
Residents of flooded houses live in this shelter. The Minister met with them and they talked about the situation. Many of them, mostly the elderly, suffered a serious damage to their property due to flood.
Vladimir Puchkov assured them that compensations will be paid out to those, who suffered damage to property or lost their homes. Necessary decisions will be taken shortly.