Russia: Floods Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) n° MDRRU020


A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

In the period between 4 and 10 June 2016, heavy rains caused severe disasters in the Republic of Dagestan, the Republic of North Ossetia and the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation in Northern Caucasus. According to the data received from the local governments, EMERCOM and local Russian Red Cross branches, the following damages were observed.

Republic of Dagestan

On 4 June 2016, as a result of heavy rains, the levels of water rose above critical point in the river “Parul Ozen”. In the villages of Arkas and Nizhni Djentgutai, several houses were partly or fully destroyed. Stocks of food, gardens, orchards, crops, barns and chicken coops got damaged, household items (furniture, appliances, clothing, footwear, utensils, documents, cash savings, etc.) were lost or went missing just like farm animals, poultry and cattle. Much of the local infrastructure such as health facilities, roads, electricity lines and gas pipe lines as well as a bridge that links both parts of the settlement was fully destroyed. The residents became stressed by the situation. Several family members were separated as they got stranded in different parts of the village.

Republic of North Ossetia

On 5 June, as a result of hail, heavy rain and squally wind in the city of Vladikavkaz, Julian Gisel, Upper and Lower Saniba, roofs of private homes, schools, kindergartens and clinics were damaged, and orchards and field crops (potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, garlic, herbs, etc.) were destroyed. The number of houses with damaged roofs is 2,669. Altogether, 17 schools, 16 kindergartens, 2 hospitals, 40 km of roads, and 30 hectares of farmland were affected.

Republic of Chechnya

On 6 June 2016, heavy rainfall in the Chechen Republic in the settlements of Tsa-Vedeno, Guni and Morse Mohk Vedeno district caused a massive landslide. A number of private houses were partially or completely damaged; and 2 km of roads were fully destroyed. The destruction of a highway bridge in the Shali district cut off the settlements there. As a result of another landslide in the Shatoysky area, road links with seven settlements was disrupted. All the victims were evacuated from the disaster-stricken area and placed in temporary shelter organized by the local authorities.