Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov is flying around Central Federal District aboard a Mil Mi-8 helicopter to monitor floods and wildfires.
He is going to pay special attention to settlements that have flooded low-level bridges and sections of motorways. The Minister plans to have the helicopter landed on the areas to personally check if enough is being done to ensure vital services.
Spring floods have started in central and southern Russia. 5 settlements, 4 detached houses, 97 yards, 14 low-level bridges and 5 sections of motorways were flooded in Rostov, Belogord, Voronezh, Ryazan, Lipetsk, Moscow and Oryol Regions.
5 low-level bridges: two in Lipetsk Region, two in Ryazan Region and one in Voronezh Region and two sections of motorways in Moscow and Ryazan Regions remain flooded.
Flood management efforts are underway across the country to make floods safer for nearby settlements and essential facilities. 84 blasts of ice have been performed on dangerous sections of rivers; 18.07 km of ice has been sawed; 1.28 km of ice has been treated with special solutions; 39.26 km of river banks has been consolidated and 203.66 km of riverbeds was cleared.
More than 140 interagency task forces and more than 700 people on the average are deployed each day to deal with floods.