Siberian Regional Center of the Emergencies Ministry will use 10 Mil-8 helicopters and UAVs to monitor ice situation and provide safety of population.
Warm weather requires special attention to ice situation and ice crossings and winter roads. Only more than 500 ice crossings out of 1020 and just 90 winter roads out of 164 were opened because of thin ice. People are risking their lives by driving on thin ice, which often end in tragedy.
A truck fell through ice in Irkutsk Region on the Lena River recently. The driver tried to cross the river outside the crossing, but fortunately nobody was hurt.
Aircraft will be used to monitor the situation, prevent accidents on waterways and detect unauthorized ice crossings. All information about “dangerous” crossings and areas will be passed to the regional and municipal authorities to take necessary measures.
Currently, Mil Mi-8 helicopters of the Siberian Regional Center are monitoring the situation in 10 constituents – Krasnoyarsk Territory, Khakassia, Irkutsk Region, Maritime Territory, Khabarovsk Territory, Magadan Region, Kamchatka, Sakhalin, Yakutia, Sverdlovsk Region.
During the next week Mil Mi-8 helicopters will be used in Khakassia, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area and Svedlovsk Region to monitor the ice situation.