Russian Emergencies Minister Yevgeniy Zinichev reminds local centers to control recreation of citizens during tourist season rss

02 July 16:06
Russian Emergencies Minister Yevgeniy Zinichev reminds local centers to control recreation of citizens during tourist season

Yevgeniy Zinichev reminded about responsibility that specialists of corresponding structures in constituent entities are responsible for protection of lives and health of citizens, during topical teleconference.

“Once again I’d like to draw attention of heads of municipal and regional Emergency Response Commissions to pay attention to organization of safe recreation for children, especially near and at bodies of water. We are responsible, this is why we need data exchange to prevent emergencies on water and other tourist activities”, said the Minister.

During the meeting it was pointed out that 473 beaches at children summer camps were inspected and more than 3,000 have been permitted for recreation, which is slightly less than last year. Furthermore, 1,400 wild beaches were found. Necessary efforts are being carried out in cooperation with municipal authorities to equip them and open for operation. Swimming is prohibited in 1,220 places.

Besides the Russian Emergencies Ministry, rescue divisions of constituent entities, as well as divisions of Ministries and agencies, included into the Single State Disaster Management System, will provide safety of people during summer season of 2018. The Russian Union of Rescuers and the All-Russian Water Rescue Society will also assist them in rescue efforts.

Rescuers supervise 445 tourist routes on water with the total length of more than 23,000 kilometers. More than 1,000 rescuers and state small vessels inspectors are designated to accompany tourist groups.

According to statistics, the main incidents and deaths occur in unregistered recreation areas when safety rules are not observed during fishing or water tourism, as well as disregarding of weather conditions.

“Considering the fact, that the number of people engaged into hiking, water tourism, trekking, extreme and caving tourism increases, it is essential to inform citizens that they must register their route before going”, said Yevgeniy Zinichev.

The Minister demanded to set up additional patrols at water bodies during cultural, sports and other events, as well as continue efforts to control and register tourist groups.

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