Summary of 10 November 2017


6:00 AM, Moscow time, 10.11.2017

Emergency situations over past 24 hours

Gas explosion in Udmurtia

A gas explosion not followed by a fire happened at 3:40 PM, on 9 November 2017, at a nine-floor block of flats at Udmurtskaya Street No 261, in the town of Izhevsk. The explosion tore through 8 flats between 2nd and 9th floors, two shops and a tailoring shop on the first floor. There are victims.

Emergency Ministry’s fire and rescue divisions and other emergency services arrived at the scene without delay and started search and rescue operations. 210 people were saved.

Izhevsk emergency services, airmobile teams of the Emergency Ministry’s Udmurtia, Bashkortostan and Perm Territory Directorates, rescuers and Siberian and Volga Regional SAR Units (certified by INSARAG) with SAR dogs and rescue equipment are working at the incident scene.

Emergency Ministry’s specialists with Struna mobile diagnostic complex are on their way to the scene to assess structural stability of the remaining part of the building.

Meetings of working group of the Governmental Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commission headed by the Emergency Ministry were held to discuss the relief operation.

Emergency operations centers and task forces of the Emergency Ministry’s Central Regional Center and Udmurtia are working in cooperation with the local government and other emergency services. Managing bodies and forces of the Udmurtia subsystem of the Single State Disaster Management System, Emergency Ministry’s Udmurtia and Nizhny Novgorod Region Directorates are operating under the state of emergency.

Emergency Ministry’s aircraft are on standby for medical evacuation.

There are 3 temporary shelters for evacuees (14 people are staying there, the rest refused from being placed in temporary shelters and went to stay with their friends and relatives). The shelters provide food, children’s care rooms and social services. Medical and psychological aid is provided to all of the evacuees, with special care being taken of children, bed-ridden patients and elderly citizens. An emergency line has been set up (received 88 calls over the past 24 hours).

The population are being informed about the operation and current situation.

As of 6 AM, 10 November 2017, the SAR efforts continue in shifts round the clock involving SAR dogs; signal for silence is given every 30 minutes to hear survivors trapped under the rubble, 725 cubic meters of the rubble was taken to a special guarded ground to be examined by investigators.

Operations planned for 10 November: SAR operations are planned to be continued, removing of overhanding constructions, removing of the rubble, restoration of residents’ documents lost to the incident, residents are going to be allowed access to the not damaged flats accompanied by responders and police to take their documents and essentials, structural soundness of the remaining part of the building is going to be examined by Struna mobile diagnostic complex, its vertical stability will be examined by alpinist divisions.

More than 1,000 people and 180 units of equipment, including more than 670 people and 100 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are involved in the SAR operation.

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.

Russian Emergency Ministry’s rescuers found and recovered a body on 1 November 2017. Helicopter’s hull and fragments of its propeller were found at a depth of 209 m in the Greenland Sea. The wreckage was raised on board of the Maersk Forza ship on 4 November.

Mini submarines examined 35 thousand sq. meters of the sea bottom, divers made 21 dives, 243 km of the shoreline was examined, the Emergency Ministry’s telephone hotline received 157 calls.

The Emergency Ministry’s joint team is going to leave at 7:30 AM on 10 November, onboard an Ilyushin Il-76 plane owned by the Emergency Ministry and arrive at the Ramenskoye airport.

Latest data

Response to man-caused fires

Fire and rescue divisions have put out 295 fires, including 200 fires in residential blocks. 61 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

58 aircraft, including 55 provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are on standby to protect settlements, fight wildfires, run air reconnaissance and redeploy forces (877 flights, 3,947 discharges, 33 million 861 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, 5 discharges dropping 25 thousand liters of water (prevented spread of a fire to the settlement of Kavalerovo).

More than 900 people and 270 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry are involved in protecting settlements, businesses and infrastructure against wildfires.

Response by bomb disposal divisions

Bomb disposal divisions have found and defused 199 explosive devices.

Traffic accident response

Fire and rescue teams have been deployed 227 times to respond totraffic accidents.

271 people have been injured in road traffic accidents, 170 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 7 times. Psychological aid has been provided on 25 occasions.

Additional information

Medical evacuation from Moscow, Vladikavkaz and Magas

Following a request of the Russian Healthcare Ministry of 7 November 2017, on 9 November, an Emergency Ministry’s Sukhoi Superjet-100 carried out a medical evacuation of 2 seriously ill patients, including a child, from Moscow and Vladikavkaz to hospitals in Tyumen and Tomsk. The patients did not get worse during the flight.

Following a request of the Russian Healthcare Ministry of 9 November 2017, an Emergency Ministry’s Sukhoi Superjet-100 is planned to carry out medical evacuation of a seriously ill child from the town of Magas to a hospital in Moscow on 10 November.

Monitoring of air in Moscow

Exceeding of hydrogen sulfide maximum permissible concentration was registered in Southeastern Administrative District of Moscow on 9 November 2017.

To control the environmental situation, the Emergency Ministry together with authorities responsible for environmental control and protection in Moscow have deployed task forces and a mobile lab of the Leader Center are working. 56 stations of Mosecomonitoring are monitoring the air round the clock. The population are being informed.

As of 6 AM, 10 November 2017, no exceeding of maximum permissible concentration was registered.

Suspension of ferry services in Sakhalin Region

Ferry services between Vanino and Kholmsk were suspended since 10 PM on 8 November to 10:30 AM on 9 November 2017 as a precaution due to a bad weather forecast.

Power outages and accidents at facilities of housing and utilities

Over the past 24 hours, there were disruptions in heat supply in the settlement of Murino, Vsevolzhsk District, Leningrad Region and in water supply in the town of Ulan-Ude. Heat supply was restored in Leningrad Region, while repairs are ongoing in Ulan-Ude.

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.