Summary of 14 November 2017


6:00 AM, Moscow time, 14.11.2017

Cyclone in Moscow and Moscow Region

A cyclone has been bringing in slush and rains, surface icing, low visibility to Moscow and Moscow Region since 14 November 2017.

Moscow’s airports are functioning as per normal, there are no cancelled or delayed flights. There are no traffic limitations on railways or motorways. All accidents at communal services were prevented.

The population is being informed about the situation via TV and radio, OKSION terminals, SMS-messages sent by cell-operators, as well as long-haul drivers’ radio.

All the necessary preventive efforts were carried out to minimize the impact of the cyclone. The situation at power, transport infrastructure and social facilities is being constantly monitored.

Emergency situations over the past 24 hours

Staircase collapse in house in Mordovia

A staircase from 2nd to 10th floor collapsed in a building under constriction, located at Furmanova Street in the town of Saransk, at 02:10 PM, 13 November 2017. There are injured. Fire and rescue divisions of the Emergencies Ministry and  other emergency services conducted search and rescue operations. The Emergency Response Center and the Emergencies Ministry’s Mordovia Republic Directorate’s task groups were deployed in cooperation with local governments.

116 people and 28 units of equipment, including 59 people and 12 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, 210 people were saved.

SAR operations were ceased, 5 temporary shelters for evacuees were deployed. 94 people are currently staying in them.

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.

Heat supply was restored in the building (except Block No.5). All power, water and gas systems are ready to be put into operation and will be connected upon ending engineering examining of the building (examining is planned to be ended by 15 December 2017) and returning of all residents to their apartments.

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.

Over the past 24 hours:

Struna diagnostics complexes finished examining all apartments of the building;

Specialized organization carried out construction and engineering examining of the building.

Activities planned for 14 November 2017: every apartment will be examined by the specialized organization, comprehensive aid will be provided to every resident.

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.

Latest data

Response to man-caused fires

Fire and rescue divisions have put out 340 fires, including 262 fires in residential blocks. 66 people have been affected, 32 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

55 aircraft of 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.

More than 550 people and 200 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 23 explosive device.

Traffic accident response

Fire and rescue teams have been deployed 246 times to respond to traffic accidents.

340 people have been injured in road traffic accidents, 223 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 7 times. Psychological aid has been provided on 5 occasions.

Additional information

Medical evacuation from Chukotka Autonomous Area and Khabarovsk Territory

Following a request of the Russian Healthcare Ministry of 13 November 2017, an Emergency Ministry’s Sukhoi Superjet-100 plane carried out a medical evacuation of 2 gravely ill children from Anadyr and 1 child from Khabarovsk to hospitals of Moscow. The patients did not get worse during the flight.

Traffic restrictions on motorways in Jewish Autonomous Area

A temporary traffic restriction for buses was adopted until further instructions due to adverse weather in Jewish Autonomous Area (heavy snowfalls, icing of surfaces) since 11:30 PM, 13 November 2017 on R-297 Amur Federal Motorway (from 1,811 to 2,165 kilometers marks) and the local motorway between the settlements of Birobidzhan – Leninsk – Amurzet.

There is not build up of passengers. Traffic Police stations were deployed, work of joint task groups was organized. Road services are clearing the roads. The population and drivers are being informed about the situation.

95 people and 50 units of equipment, including 22 people and 5 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 disruptions in heat supply in the town of Spassk-Dalniy in Maritime Territory and the city of Krasnoyarsk; power outage in 2 districts of Dagestan.

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 1,100 tons of relief supplies (construction materials, power lines, power cables, power generators, food) by sea from the port of Novorossiysk to Cuba.