Summary of 11 November 2017


6:00 AM, Moscow time, 11.11.2017

Emergency situations over past 24 hours

Disruption in cold water supply in Buryatia

A disruption in cold water supply occurred in more than 1,200 houses and 37 social facilities in the town of Ulan-Ude due to an accident in sewer.

Meeting of the Emergency Response and Fire Safety Commission of Buryatia was carried out to discuss repair operations and essential functioning of the society. All the necessary steps to mitigate the accidents were taken, information Is being informed about repair operations.

Managing bodies and personnel of the Emergencies Ministry’s Buryatia Republic Directorate are set to high alert, all forces of the Buryatia Republic SSDMS are set to high alert.

Distribution of bottled water to the population was organized, fire engines of the Buryatia Directorate of the Emergencies Ministry deliver technical water. The population is being informed, all the necessary aid is being provided. Social facilities have stocks of bottled and technical water.

Over the last 24 hours: new 60-meter long pipeline with 2 wells was laid down around the damaged section.

As of 06:00 AM, 11 November 2017 all repair operations were finished, sewer pipes are being cleared out from soil. Water supply will be restored at 11:00 AM, 11 November 2017.

280 people and 40 units of equipment, including 50 people and 18 units of equipment provided by the Emergencies Ministry were dealing with the accident.  

Emergency situations under control

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 Minister were held at the scene in Izhevsk to set tasks to mitigate the accident.

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 2 temporary shelters for evacuees (43 people are staying there). 15 temporary shelters, capable of accommodating 619 people were deployed in total.

All the residents are provided with comprehensive, medical and psychological aid, special attention is given to children, people with disabilities and the elderly. A telephone Helpline was set up.

A telebridge between the Saint Petersburg Center for Disaster and Radiation Medicine and Izhevsk Hospital was set up to provide medical aid to the injured.

Search and rescue operations were carried out in shifts round-the-clock, featuring search-dog units, signal for silence was given every 30 minutes to hear survivors trapped under the rubble, residents are going to be allowed access to the not damaged flats accompanied by responders and police to take their documents and essentials. Residents are being informed about measures taken.

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.

As of 6 AM, 11 November 2017:

SAR operations were ceazed;

1,200 cubic meters of rubble were removed, as well as 23 overhanging structures were disassembled;

The building is being examined by Struna mobile diagnostics complex.

More than 1,200 people and 300 units of equipment, including more than 1,000 people and 200 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, were involved in the SAR operation.

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.

Over the last 24 hours: The Emergencies Ministry’s joint team returned to the base.

Search operation was ceased, in accordance with international documents, monitoring of water in crash site vicinity is carried out by nearby ships and control at the polar night.

Latest data

Response to man-caused fires

Fire and rescue divisions have put out 287 fires, including 200 fires in residential blocks. 56 people have been affected, 40 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

62 aircraft, including 56 provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are on standby to protect settlements, fight wildfires, run air reconnaissance and redeploy forces (881 flights, 3,961 discharges, 33 million 931 thousand liters of water dropped on wildfires; 1,738 flights to monitor the situation and redeploy personnel and 6,541 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.

Accidents on waterways

Rescue units have been dispatched to respond to 1 accident on waterways. 1 person was saved.

Response by bomb disposal divisions

Bomb disposal divisions have found and defused 134 explosive devices, including 19 aerial bombs.

Traffic accident response

Fire and rescue teams have been deployed 237 times to respond to traffic accidents.

288 people have been injured in road traffic accidents, 168 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 16 occasions. The Emergencies Ministry’s Helpline received 67 calls.

Additional information

Medical evacuation from Nazran

Following a request of the Russian Healthcare Ministry of 9 November 2017, on 9 November, an Emergency Ministry’s Sukhoi Superjet-100 carried out a medical evacuation of a gravely ill child, from Nazran to a hospital of Moscow. The patients did not get worse during the flight.

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.

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, 11 November 2017, no exceeding of maximum permissible concentration was registered.

Power outages and accidents at facilities of housing and utilities

Over the past 24 hours, there were disruptions in cold water supply in the town of Yasny, Orenburg Region and in the settlement of Gvardeyskoye, Prokhladny District, Kabardino-Balkaria. All disruptions were promptly fixed, normal functioning of the population was not disrupted.

Humanitarian assistance to Cuba

Following the order of the Russian Government of 21 September 2017, the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations is delivering 1,120 tons of relief supplies (construction materials, power lines, power cables, power generators, food) by sea from the port of Novorossiysk to Cuba.