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Russian Emergencies Ministry continuing to increase deployment in flood-hit areas of Siberia

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Over the past 24 hours the Russian Emergencies Ministry has increased its group in the flood-affected areas of Siberia by more than a thousand people; emergency recovery works are underway in more than two thousand Siberian settlements. Russian Emergencies Ministry aircraft are actively involved in the delivery of food and medical supplies in the settlements.

"The group enhancement is ongoing. Within the past 24 hours more than 1,000 people arrived in recovery operations areas. More than seven thousand rescuers and 12 aircraft are working now in the Republics of Khakassia, Altai and in the Altai Territory. Depending on the situation, forces and equipment are constantly redeployed," - said Deputy Minister Vladimir Stepanov in an interview.

He reminded that the Government Emergency Management Commission had decided to create additional integrated recovery brigades who are already working in the affected regions.

"Within the past 24 hours we have sent more than 100 such teams. Their total number will be over 200, they all comprise doctors and psychologists, - said the Deputy Head of the Ministry. These mobile brigades will help restore social facilities, clean yards of local residents, provide targeted assistance to the population and, especially, to the elderly, and carry out emergency rescue and restoration work. Students of Russian Emergencies Ministry’s educational institutions are also involved in these activities.

"Our primary goal is to bring the lives of both the individual and the settlement as a whole back to normal as soon as possible. The number of such settlements is over two thousand, and active efforts are underway in each. Overall, the situation in southern Siberia tends to stabilize", - said Vladimir Stepanov.