Summary of 11 August 2017


6:00 AM, Moscow time, 11.08.2017

Cyclone in Far East Russia

Houses, yards and basements of blocks of flats, social facilities were flooded, sections of motorways were damaged, parts of railways were eroded in 36 settlements in 8 municipalities in Maritime and Khabarovsk Territories and 11 settlements were cut off on 7 August 2017, due to heavy rains. Power was partially cut off from 14 settlements. Nobody was hurt.

12 temporary shelters were deployed (capable of housing 990 people) and were housing 436 people.

Emergency Operations centers and task forces of the Emergency Ministry’s Maritime and Khabarovsk Territories Directorates are working in cooperation with local governments and assessment commissions. Airmobile teams of the Emergency Ministry’s directorates, the Amur Rescue Center and Far Eastern Regional SAR Team are working and Ministry’s aircraft is on standby. Managing bodies and forces of the Maritime Territory subsystem of the Single State Disaster Management System and the local directorate of the Emergency Ministry are operation under the state of emergency.

All necessary preventive steps were planned and are being taken to minimize the impact of the cyclone. The situation is under constant satellite monitoring and worst scenarios are being modelled. The results are being provided to the local governments. The population is kept updated.

As of 6 AM, 11 August 2017:

Maritime Territory:

Houses, yards, social facilities remain flooded, sections of motorways are damaged in 16 settlements in 6 municipalities. There are no flooded railways. 4 settlements remain cut off. 3 temporary shelters were deployed (320 people) and are housing 131 people.

Over the past 24 hours:

131 yards were cleared, 142 cubic meters of debris was removed, water was pumped out from 134 houses, 29 km of storm sewages were cleared, 303 people and more than 8 tons of cargo were transported by boats, the team involved was reinforced by 50 people of an airmobile team from Jewish Autonomous Region;

The telephone hotline received 35 calls, psychological aid was provided on 53 occasions.

Khabarovsk Territory:

Power supply was fully restored in the city of Khabarovsk, there are no flooded yards of detached houses.

Over the past 24 hours:

Water was pumped out from the basement of a perinatal center.

2,493 people and 464 units of equipment (74 boats and 2 aircraft), including 1,756 people and 274 units of equipment (62 boats and 2 aircraft) provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are involved in the relief operations.

According to the Russian Weather Service and Antistikhia All-Russian Monitoring and Forecasting Center, the weakening cyclone is going to stay in Far East Russia on 11 August 2017 bringing in minor rains.

Emergency situations under control

Flooding of mine in Sakha (Yakutia)

A pumping station of main drainage No 2 at minus 210 mine floor at the Mir mine operated by Alrosa company in Mirny District, Sakha (Yakutia) was flooded at 10:35 AM, 4 August 2017. There were 151 people down the mine at the moment of the accident, 143 of them were brought on the surface.

An emergency operations center was deployed in the Mir mine administration building. A task team headed by Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations is working at the scene. An expert council and decision-making support center are operating, cooperation with federal executive authorities was organized.

On-site meetings of the working group of the Governmental Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commission headed by Emergency Minister were held to set tasks to organize SAR and other emergency operations, to provide all-round help to the injured and their families.

Managing bodies and forces of the Mirny town section of the Sakha (Yakutia) territorial subsystem of the Single State Disaster Management System and the Emergency Ministry’s Sakha (Yakutia) Directorate are operating under the state of emergency.

A telephone hotline was set up at the Emergency Ministry’s Sakha (Yakutia) Directorate, psychologists are working.

Over the past 24 hours:

30 meters of debris was removed;

Large-block elements were ascended to the Mir open pit to create resistance to slurry masses going into mine tunnels;

A pipeline 300mm in diameter was laid to pump out water from a shaft mining;

A pump was assembled in a skip shaft lower than minus 210 mining floor;

Pumps in a shaft mining were readied to be filled up with concrete. The pipelines are continued to be welded.

NKR-100, a boring machine, was assembled to drill wells to assess the density of slurry blocks at the minus 210 mining floor;

Gas and water inflow are being monitored in the shaft mining;

The hotline received 66 calls, psychological aid was provided on 15 occasions.

Operations planned for 11 August 2017: SAR operations are going to be continued (19 teams of paramilitary mine rescue units are involved (rescuers and divers)) in shifts round the clock meeting all safety standards; medical aid is going to be provided to the injured, as well as assistance to the families of injured and missing miners.

339 people and 35 units of equipment, including 258 people and 27 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are involved in the relief operations.

Latest data

Response to man-caused fires

Fire and rescue divisions have put out 284 fires, including 181 fires in residential blocks. 59 people have been affected, 52 of them have been saved.

Supervision bodies of the Emergencies Ministry Directorates for constituent territories of the Russian Federation are taking preventive measures to reduce the number of man-caused fires.

Protection of settlements and businesses against wildfires

100 aircraft, including 53 provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are on standby to protect settlements, fight wildfires, run air reconnaissance and redeploy forces, 4 of them were used to put out wildfires, to monitor the situation and redeploy personnel (633 flights, 2,720 discharges, 23 million 325 thousand liters of water dropped on wildfires; 1,536 flights to monitor the situation and redeploy personnel and 5,814 people were transported). Ground and air teams have prevented the spread of fires to 3,201 settlements (26 settlements over the past 24 hours).

Emergency Ministry’s 2 Beriyev Be-200ChS planes were deployed to fight wildfires in Buryatia. They made 2 flights, 17 discharges dropping 204 thousand liters of water (prevented fires from spreading to the settlement of Monakhovo, Barguzin District);

An Emergency Ministry’s Mil Mi-8 helicopter was deployed to fight wildfires in Rostov Region. It made 3 flights, 43 discharges dropping 215 thousand liters of water (prevented fires from spreading to the settlement of Leninskoye, Aksai District).

The situation is under constant satellite and air monitoring, development of the most dangers fires is being modelled, UAVs are being actively used. Residential blocks and woods are being patrolled, the people are being kept updated on the situation and steps taken.

More than 7,550 people and 2,600 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry are involved in protecting settlements, businesses and infrastructure against wildfires. 

Accidents on waterways

Rescue units have been dispatched to respond to 23 accidents on waterways.

23 people have been affected, 4 of them have been saved.

Response by bomb disposal divisions

Bomb disposal divisions have found and defused 4,831 explosive devices, including 3 aerial bombs.

Traffic accident response

Fire and rescue teams have been deployed 291 times to respond totraffic accidents.

401 people have been injured in road traffic accidents, 245 of them have been saved (extricated or saved from dangerous situations in other ways).

Emergency psychological aid

Specialists of the Emergency Ministry psychological service have been involved in rendering emergency psychological aid to people affected by emergencies 9 times. Psychological aid has been provided on 71 occasions.

Additional information

Subsidence of ceiling in house in Tambov Region

The ceiling collapsed between the 1st and 2nd floors of a 2-floor block of flats at No 62, Kommunisticheskaya street in the town of Michurinsk at 2:50 PM on 10 August 2017, during repairs at a private shop located on the first floor of the building. 3 flats were damaged. 31 people live in the building. Nobody was hurt.

22 people were evacuated from the first section of the house, 17 of them went to stay in a temporary shelter in a hotel, the rest went to their relatives’ and friends’.

The town’s disaster management and fire safety commission has held a meeting to discuss accommodation of the affected residents, providing them with everything necessary and examination of the affected part of the house.

47 people and 16 units of equipment, including 9 people and 3 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry are involved in dealing with the incident.

Mudflow in Dagestan

A mudflow triggered by heavy rains has damaged 20 meters of a gas pipe 76 mm in diameter near the settlement of Dorgeli in Karabudakhkent District. 100 detached houses remain without gas supply. Nobody was hurt.

On 11 August 2017, work was planned to clear the part of the gas pipe and to replace the damaged part, all the materials are available.

16 people and 6 units of equipment, including 3 people and 1 unit of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry are involved in dealing with the incident.

Ash release in volcano in Kamchatka Territory

Klyuchevskoi volcano in Ust-Kamchatsk District, Kamchatka Territory released ash at 11:15 PM on 10 August 2017 to a height of 6,500 meters. The ash cloud spread 20 km to the northeast.

No ash fallouts were registered in settlements, there is no threat to normal functioning of the society. Air services were not disrupted. No tourist groups are registered around the volcano.