6:00 AM, Moscow time, 07.12.2017
Cyclone in Samara Region
Traffic jams have been registered at 6 sections of M5 Ural federal highway between kilometer markers 880 and 960 (Syzran - Zhigulyovsk) due to a cyclone (heavy rains and sleet, wind gusting up to 12 m/s) that hit the region on 5 December 2017. There are over 2,000 vehicles moving with a speed of 10-15 km/h, while over 500 trucks are lining up on ascending sections.
On 6 December 2017, Povolzhupravtodor declared temporary traffic restriction for trucks at 5 sections of 3 roads (M5 Ural, R228 Syzran – Saratov, A300 Samara – Bolshaya Chernigovka – border with Kazakhstan) safety reasons and to clear the roads of snow and ice.
2 essential camps of the Emergency Ministry’s Volga Rescue Center and the Samara Region Directorate, 4 stationary and 4 mobile warming centers were deployed at jam-prone sections. Joint mobile task forces riding snow and swamp mobiles are patrolling the roads to help the drivers and monitor the situation. The roads are being cleared and defrosted now, there are traffic police posts.
Management bodies and forces of the Emergency Ministry’s Samara Region Directorate are on high alert, emergency operations center and task forces of the Emergency Ministry’s Samara Region Directorate are working in cooperation with the local government and other emergency services.
The people are being informed on the progress of relief operations and safe conduct via TV channels and radio, OKSION terminals, text-messages and long-distance drivers’ radio channels.
Over the past 24 hours:
An Emergency Ministry’s Mil Mi-8 helicopter assessed the situation from air;
Emergency Ministry’s fire and rescue divisions helped to tow 31 trucks.
As of 6 AM on 7 December 2017: There are no restrictions or traffic jams, crews of Povolzhupravtodor (more than 100 units of equipment) keep on clearing the roads.
According to the Russian Weather Service and the All-Russian Monitoring and Forecasting Center Antistikhia, on 7 December, the cyclone will be shifting to the east and will hit Orenburg Region. Preventive measures are being taken, management bodies and forces of the Emergency Ministry’s Orenburg Region Directorate are on high alert, emergency operations center and task forces of the Directorate are working at jam-prone sections. A warming center has been deployed.
More than 350 people and 200 units of equipment, including over 77 people and 16 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are involved in the operations.
Emergency situations under control
Gas explosion in Irkutsk Region
A gas tank exploded but not caught fire during repairs at a flat on the first floor of a five-floor block of flats at No 44 Khalturina Street, in the town of Ust-Kut at 6:52 AM on 3 December 2017. There are victims.
The explosion took down parts of plates between the first and second floors, damaged stairs all the way up to the fourth floor and knocked out several windows. The house was connected to all essential services.
The tenants are getting general assistance, medical and psychological aid. The house is under guard 24 hours a day and was cordoned off. The people are kept updated on the measures taken and the current situation.
Over the past 24 hours:
Specialists of the Emergency Ministry’s Krasnoyarsk Territory Directorate examined the building with a modernized mobile diagnostic complex Struna. The results were reported to the Emergency Ministry’s All-Russian Research Institute for Civil Defense and Emergency Situations in Moscow;
Commission went on assessing the damage, relief operations project documents were continued to be prepared, the tenants got assistance and were kept informed on measures being taken.
Operations planned for 7 December 2017: the commission is going to continue work, relief operations project documents are going to be continued to be prepared, the people are going to be continued to be assisted and informed.
214 people and 32 units of equipment, including 67 people and 14 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are involved in the operations.
Response to man-caused fires
Fire and rescue divisions have put out 315 fires, including 229 fires in residential blocks. 84 people have been affected, 64 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.
Accidents on waterways
Rescue units have been dispatched to respond to 10 accidents on waterways.
15 people were affected, 6 of them were saved
Response by bomb disposal divisions
Bomb disposal divisions have found and defused 9 explosive devices.
Traffic accident response
Fire and rescue teams have been deployed 257 times to respond totraffic accidents.
313 people have been injured in road traffic accidents, 175 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 5 times. Psychological has been provided on 8 occasions.
Situation at Military Georgian Highway
The North Ossetia – Alania Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commission has restricted truck traffic at a section of the highway between the town of Vladikavkaz and the settlement of Lars since 10 AM on 6 December 2017 and until further notice for safety reasons and due to bad weather.
As of 6 AM on 7 December 2017: There are 65 trucks at Verkhny Lars checkpoint. A mobile warming center has been deployed, the drivers and population are being kept informed and provided with everything necessary.
Power outages and accidents at facilities of housing and utilities
Over the past 24 hours, there were a disruption in heat supply in the town of Chita, Transbaikalian Territory and a power outage in Urupsky District, Karachay-Cherkessia.
Restoration of cold water supply in the town of Gukovo, Rostov Region was under control.
The disruptions in Chita and Rostov Region were addressed to without delay, normal functioning of the society was not disturbed. Efforts are ongoing to restore power in Urupsky District, Karachay-Cherkessia
Pursuant to the order of the RF Government of 15 November 2017, the Russian Emergency Ministry is delivering more than 495 tons of relief supplies to the Philippines.
Commonwealth of Dominica
Pursuant to the order of the RF Government of 23 November 2017, the Russian Emergency Ministry is delivering more than 235 tons of relief supplies (food, construction materials, power stations and tents) to the Commonwealth of Dominica hit by a hurricane.