6:00 AM, Moscow time, 05.11.2017
The Russian Emergency Ministry’s managing bodies and forces of constant readiness are put on high alert from 9 AM, 3 November 2017 to 9 AM 7 November 2017 to ensures readiness of the forces and facilities to respond to possible emergency situations during the weekend and holidays.
Emergency situations over the last 24 hours
Traffic accident in Crimea
A traffic accident involving 2 cars happened at Kommunarov Street in the town of Kerch, at 01:20 PM, 4 November 2017. There are injured. The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s 2 Mil Mi-8 helicopters from the Southern Aircraft and Rescue Center and the Russian Health Ministry carried out medevac of the injured.
57 people and 17 units of equipment, including 29 people and 6 units of equipment provided by the Emergencies Ministry, responded to the accident.
Emergency situations under control
Helicopter crash in Norway
A Russian Mil Mi-8 helicopter on the way from the settlement of Pyramiden to Barentsburg (Norway) was lost from radars at 4:35 PM on 26 October 2017, 2 km off the shore in the Greenland Sea and 10 km north of Barentsburg, Spitsbergen (Norway). There were 8 Russian citizens aboard the helicopter.
On 28 October, a Russian Emergency Ministry’s Ilyushin Il-76 plane delivered to Spitsbergen a task force of the Emergency Ministry, rescue divers of the Tsentrospas team and Leader Center with special equipment and gears, including underwater robots and sonars for deep-water operations.
SAR operations are being carried out in conjunction with Norwegian colleagues in shifts round the clock involving 2 helicopters and 4 coast guard ships of Norway and remote-control mini submarines.
Using robots, the joint team of the Russian Emergency Ministry found helicopter’s hull and fragments of its propeller at a depth of 209 m in the Greenland Sea, 2 km northwest of the Cape Heer (Spitsbergen).
Families of the crew and passengers are getting psychological assistance, a telephone hotline was set up at the Emergency Ministry’s Center for Emergency Psychological Aid.
Over the past 24 hours:
Specialized ship (floating crane, capable of lifting 250 tons) retrieved the helicopter to the surface;
Robotics units examined 57,000 square meters of sea bottom, the area is being examined from the crash site outwards in a spiral manner;
Ground crews combed 42 km of the shoreline of the Isfjorden Strait;
The telephone hotline received 6 calls.
On 5 November 2017, the rescuers plan to continue the SAR operation around the crash site underwater and along the shoreline of the Isfjorden Strait, recover the helicopter by the floating crane.
Response to man-caused fires
Fire and rescue divisions have put out 363 fires, including 269 fires in residential blocks. 69 people have been affected, 44 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
60 aircraft, including 57 provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are on standby to protect settlements, fight wildfires, run air reconnaissance and redeploy forces, 1 of them was deployed to put out and monitor fires and to redeploy the personnel (874 flights, 3,929 discharges, 33 million 771 thousand liters of water dropped on wildfires; 1,736 flights to monitor the situation and redeploy personnel and 6,479 people were transported). Ground and air teams have prevented the spread of fires to 3,707 settlements.
An Emergency Ministry’s Mil Mi-8 helicopter was deployed to fight wildfires in Maritime Territory. It made 1 flight, 8 discharges dropping 40 thousand liters of water (prevented a fire from spreading to the settlement of Kavalerovo)
More than 910 people and 270 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 1 accident on waterways.
Response by bomb disposal divisions
Bomb disposal divisions have found and defused 1 explosive device.
Traffic accident response
Fire and rescue teams have been deployed 273 times to respond totraffic accidents.
364 people have been injured in road traffic accidents, 219 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 6 times. Psychological aid has been provided on 6 occasions.
Situation at ferry-crossing in Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
A tow-boat and a ferry were unable to moor to the pier due to ice formation on a ferry crossing between the settlements of Zhatai and Tekhtyur through the Lena River, 100 meters away from the settlement of Tekhtyur in Khangalassky District at 08:00 AM, 04 November 2017. There are 40 people (drivers) 15 trucks and 25 cars on board of the ferry.
The people are being provided with hot food and fuel, heating stations were deployed at the crossings, stations of rescuers and traffic police were deployed, the population and the passengers are being informed about the situation.
Activities planned for 5 November 2017: the ferry will be moored by Kapitan Babichev ice-boat.
26 people and 7 units of equipment, including 7 people and 3 units of equipment provided by the Emergencies Ministry are dealing with the situation.
Power outages and accidents at facilities of housing and utilities
Over the past 24 hours, there were power outages in Novaya Usman District in Voronezh District, disruption in gas supply in the settlement of Yessentukskaya, Predgorny District, Stavropol Territory and hot water supply in the settlement of Gorbunki, Lomonosov District, Leningrad Region. All disruptions were fixed without delay, normal functioning of the society was not disturbed, except for disruption of hot water supply in Leningrad Region, disruption is planned to be fixed by 12:00 PM, 05 November 2017.
Restoration of power supply is under special control in 4 municipalities of Krasnoyarsk Territory, power supply is planned to be fixed by 10:00 AM, 05 November 2017.
Humanitarian assistance to Cuba
Following the order of the Russian Government of 21 September 2017, the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations is delivering relief supplies (construction materials, power lines, power cables, power generators, food) by sea from the port of Novorossiysk to Cuba.