At today’s meeting of the Russian Government Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov presented a draft resolution substantiating the necessity to compensate funds from the reserve fund to Rosrezerv (the Federal State Reserves Agency) and allocation of funds from the budget to the Maritime Territory Administration to help people affected by a flood that happened in August and September 2016.
The Maritime Territory developed an emergency situation in summer and autumn 2016 after heavy rains and strong winds. The massive flood inundated 170 settlements populated by more than 40 thousand people, disrupted power supply in 56 settlements, cut off 48 settlements in 12 municipalities and damaged homes and property.
Mr. Puchkov said that thanks to timely measures and skillful and professional actions of fire and rescue divisions and emergency services no-one had died In Maritime Territory. About 19 thousand people and more than 1.5 thousand units of equipment, including more than 150 boats and 10 aircrafts provided by the SSDMS (Single State Disaster Management System) were involved in responding to the disaster.
The Government in turn made decisions to provide financial assistance to the region hit by the disaster. More than 1,850 tons of federal aid was sent in to ensure all rescue operations, vital services for the people and to set up emergency shelters.
During the meeting, Minister Puchkov offered to allocate up to 138,970.4 thousand rubles to Rosreserve to compensate for the resources used to help the people in Maritime Territory affected by the flood.
In addition, the he drew attention of government members to the necessity of allocating funds to the Maritime Territory Administration so that it could pay compensations to the affected people and conduct firs-priority restoration of business and social infrastructure.
Some of the residents of Maritime Territory affected by the flood who had no evidence of ownership appealed to courts to confirm that they were living in the affected area. In some cases the courts granted decisions. Based on those decisions and substantiating documents, the draft resolution deems it necessary to allocate to the Maritime Territory Administration 155,923.9 thousand rubles.
The Minister added that resolution would compensate the affected residents for the damage, pay lump-sum compensations and provide financial assistance to people caught in the disaster area and who lost essential property.
The ministers agreed on that and approved the draft resolution noting its social importance and ordering the regional authorities to ensure that each of the affected residents got their money in the shortest possible time.