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Emergency recovery operations continued in Russia’s Far East

A meeting of the working group of the Government Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commission took place today under the leadership of Emergency Minister Vladimir Puchkov to discuss intermediate results of emergency recovery operations in the Far East region.

82 settlements (3,268 houses populated by 25,994 people, 53 sections of local roads and 80 road bridges) remain flooded in 16 municipalities of the Far Eastern Federal District. A total of 10,686 people, including 3,054 children have been evacuated. 57 temporary shelters have been set up, 47 of them are accommodating 2,542 people, including 793 children. There are 1,914 people, including 495 children, staying in 27 long-term shelters.

On 31.08.2013, due to a stabilization of the situation the state of emergency with the federal level of response was lifted in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Primorye Territory and on 17 September 2013 – in the Amur Region and Jewish Autonomous Region.

The bulge of the flood water is focused today near the village of Takhta. Due to the estuary effect the water level will continue fluctuate by 5-15 cm in the mouth of the Amur River in the village of Bogorodskoye in the city of Nikolayevsk-on-Amur. Within the next two days the water level is expected to fall in Khabarovsk by 30-35 cm and by 15-20 cm in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

Emergency recovery brigades are cleaning up social facilities and those of infrastructure in Far East. In all, they have cleaned up 4,534 yards, pumped out water from 1,671 flooded houses and socially-important facilities, cleaned 65.413 km of roads, passages and streets, delivered 1,737.9 tonnes of water. “All main emergency recovery operation have to be finished before cold weather settles in, children have to go to school and adults to work,” – said Minister Puchkov.

Medical aid to the people has been rendered 25,916 times over the past, psychological aid has been rendered in 5,094 cases. Citizens are receiving lump-sum payments and compensation for partially or completely lost property. “We are keeping on rendering categorical assistance. I am asking to provide constant informing of people, who stay in flooded houses and to supply them with food and water,” – ordered the Minister.

The Emergency Ministry’s airplanes and vehicles have been delivering personnel and equipment, foodstuffs and other supplies.

A group of 44,503 people and 7,258 units of equipment, including 11,891 people and 1,627 units of equipment of the Russian Emergencies Ministry was set up in 6 subjects of the Far Eastern Federal District for emergency rescue and other emergency operations. The aviation group consists of 35 aircrafts, including 9 of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.