Russia: Floods - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) (MDRRU017)

Situation Report
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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Since 29 May 2014, 22,545 persons have been evacuated due to severe floods occurring in 25 municipalities within the Republics of Khakassia, Altai, Tuva and the Altai Territory in Siberia as well as in the Republic of Adygeya in Northern Caucasus of the Russian Federation.

According to the national emergency response centre of the Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM), severe damages have been reported with more than 4,000 houses and 12 motorways flooded. In addition, more than 1,500 persons are currently sheltered in evacuation centres. National rescue units representing approximately 1,700 persons are continuously mobilized to deal with the emergency.

The crisis management system was activated, and the work of emergency operations centres of the Siberian Region and Main Offices of the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Republics of Altai,
Tuva, Khakassia and Altai Territory, as well as that of the emergency operations centres on site was organized.

On 31 May 2014, by the decision of the Governmental Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commission, a state of emergency was declared in the Republics of Altai, Tuva, Khakassia and Altai Territory and a federal level of response was activated.

The Russian EMERCOM delivered 170,622 metric tons of humanitarian supplies in the emergency area, including 108,582 metric tons by the Russian Emergencies Ministry`s aircraft and 62,04 metric tons by motor vehicles. The cargos were delivered by:

  • Russian Reserve – 128,712 metric tons;

  • Russian Union of Rescuers – 4.5 metric tons;

  • Minister’s Reserve – 7.2 metric tons;

  • Administration of subjects – 30.21 metric tons.

These supplies included in addition to the basic relief items, other needed equipment as well, like electric generators for those settlements where electrical supplies were damaged, tents, folding beds etc.

Repair works are underway and help has been provided to address the needs of the affected people. 768 flooded yards have been cleaned, and water has been pumped out of 513 yards. During the repairs, three bridges and 67 kilometers of power lines have been repaired, three transformer substations have been turned on and 72 kilometers of dykes have been reinforced. The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s psychologists have helped 686 citizens, and its hotline received 1,768 calls1