Summary of 08 November 2017


6:00 AM, Moscow time, 08.11.2017

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 5 vessels (4 coast guard ships of Norway and a floating crane) 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:

Mini submarines examined 37 thousand sq. meters of the sea bottom, spiraling from the crash site;

The telephone hotline received 1 call.

The SAR operations are to be continued on 8 November 2017.

Latest data

Response to man-caused fires

Fire and rescue divisions have put out 286 fires, including 206 fires in residential blocks. 55 people have been affected, 42 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

58 aircraft, including 56 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 (880 flights, 3,956 discharges, 33 million 906 thousand liters of water dropped on wildfires; 1,737 flights to monitor the situation and redeploy personnel and 6,524 people were transported). Ground and air teams have prevented the spread of fires to 3,708 settlements.

An Emergency Ministry’s Mil Mi-8 helicopter was deployed to fight wildfires in Maritime Territory. It made 2 flights, 4 discharges dropping 20 thousand liters of water (prevented a fire from spreading to the settlement of Kavalerovo)

More than 910 people and 260 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 3 accidents on waterways.

Response by bomb disposal divisions

Bomb disposal divisions have found and defused 365 explosive devices, including 1 aerial bomb.

Traffic accident response

Fire and rescue teams have been deployed 267 times to respond totraffic accidents.

357 people have been injured in road traffic accidents, 233 of them have been saved (extricated or saved from dangerous situations in other ways).

Situation at the facilities controlled by Paramilitary Mine Rescue Divisions

There have been no accidents at the facilities controlled by Paramilitary Mine Rescue Divisions. Paramedics of Paramilitary Mine Rescue Divisions have been dispatched to the facilities once.

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 33 occasions. The telephone hotline has received 1 call.

Additional information

Ash releases by volcano in Kamchatka Territory

Shiveluch volcano in Ust-Kamchatsk District released ash to a height of up to 7,000 meters at 3:00 AM, 11 November 2017.  The ash cloud spread 690 km to the northeast of the volcano in the direction of the Ozernoi Bay. No ash fallouts were registered in settlements. Air services were not disrupted. No tourist groups were registered around the volcanoes.

Power outages and accidents at facilities of housing and utilities

Over the past 24 hours, there were a disruption in cold water supply in Yasnogorsk, Tula Region and power outages in the settlement of Lovozero, Lovozero District, Murmansk Region; in Kaltan District, Kemerovo Region and in 4 districts of Sakha (Yakutia). The disruptions were addressed to without delay, normal functioning of the society was not disturbed.

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.

Emergency situations abroad

Typhoon in Vietnam

Typhoon Damri hit the central part of Vietnam (Khanh Hoa province) from 3 to 6 November 2017 bringing rains and high winds. There are victims. More than 40 thousand people have been evacuated, more than 80 thousand buildings were damaged. Cooperation has been set up with the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Crisis Situation Center, Rosturizm (Federal Tourism Agency) and Association of Russian Travel Agencies.

Following orders of the Russian President and Russian Government, an Ilyushin Il-76 plane owned by the Russian Emergency Ministry has been delivering relief supplies (40 tons) to Vietnam since 7 November 2017.