Restoration works begin in flood-hit areas of Siberia

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"In Siberia, a large-scale rescue operation is underway. We now proceed to its second phase. Restoration works start up in flood-hit areas", - said the head of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov during today's session of the Government Disaster Management Commission. He also said that the most difficult situation is developing in the Altai Republic, Khakassia, Tuva and the Altai Territory.

"Humanitarian supplies delivery schemes are practiced, including in those areas where bridges are damaged, - said the Minister. – Ministry’s units started to provide specific targeted assistance to each house, each social facility. The crisis management system, fire and rescue units, medics, specialists of Rospotrebnadzor and other agencies are working".

Flood-affected people are receiving meals, medical and psychological support.

Teams have been formed in fields to launch energy facilities, the regional road network.

During the meeting the head of the Russian Emergencies Ministry also said that the Russian Government was preparing a decision on the allocation of funds for compensation to victims of floods in Siberia, in particular, for the loss of property. The issue of compensating the cost of emergency restoration works to the regions is under discussion.

Vladimir Puchkov stressed out that the payments from the federal budget to flood victims should begin next week.

The chief of the National Crisis Management Centre of the Russian Emergencies Ministry Viktor Yatsutsenko reported that the situation is stabilizing in the Altai Republic – power supply repairs are underway in its 12 districts. Water is being pumped out; the population is receiving help in cleaning the area. A declining water level has been recorded in Khakassia. The most difficult situation is still in the Altai Territory.

Nearly 50 tons of humanitarian aid has already been delivered in Siberian regions affected by the floods, another 20 tons are ready for shipping.

Russian Emergencies Ministry psychologists are working with the population around the clock. Their number is about 50 people. The work is organized in every village and neighborhood, as people in such circumstances are experiencing psychological distress.

About two thousand people sought psychological assistance, and experts provided individual psychological assistance and remote information and psychological support.

According to the forecast, the flood situation in Siberia is about to stabilize in the near future, although experts do not exclude the possibility of water level rise in the next day or two in some areas of the three subjects of the Russian Federation (Republic of Altai, Altai Territory and Khakassia).