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Vladimir Puchkov ordered further strengthen group combating floods in Siberia

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Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov ordered to further enhance the group dealing with floods in Siberia.

Since May 29 the water level has risen in the rivers due to heavy rains, which led to flooding in the Altai Territory and the Republics of Altai, Tuva and Khakassia. The most difficult situation is developing now in the Altai Territory and the Altai Republic.

"Form the forces for enhancement. Compulsory - in the Altai Territory, the Altai Republic, Khakassia and Tuva", - said Vladimir Puchkov, addressing via video link to the National Center for Crisis Management of the Russian Emergencies Ministry. In addition, he instructed to take control of the situation in Buryatia and the Trans-Baikal Territory.

Head of the National Center for Crisis Management of the Russian emergencies Ministry Viktor Yatsutsenko reported that space monitoring of flooded areas is conducted continuously. "The crisis management system has been deployed", - he said.

The group combating floods consists of more than 2,000 people and 600 pieces of equipment. "Rescuers of the Siberian, Urals and Tula Rescue Centers are on standby", - said Viktor Yatsutsenko.

A state of emergency has been declared for the Altai Territory, the Altai Republic and Khakassia due to floods.

"By a decision of the Emergency Management Government Commission a state of emergency wa declared for the whole area of the Altai Territory, Republics of Altai and Khakassia ", - said Vladimir Puchkov during a conference call .

Emergencies Minister heads the Government Commission for Emergencies.

In addition, high alert was declared for Tuva and Buryatia. A natural federal-level emergency occurred in the south of Siberia. Flooding could spread to Yakutia and partially to the Amur Region.