Summary of 14 March


6:00 AM, Moscow time, 14.03.2018

Gas explosion in house in Saint Petersburg

A gas explosion followed by a fire (put out at an area of 10 sq. meters) happened at 5:53 PM on 13 March 2018 in Krasnoselsky District of Saint Petersburg at 219 Narodnogo Opolcheniya Avenue on the 8th floor of a 9-floor house.

At the moment of the explosion there were 82 people in the house, who were then evacuated by Emergency Ministry’s fire and rescue crews. There are victims.

A temporary shelter deployed in a school is now housing 20 people. They are getting hot food, social services, medical and psychological aid, with special attention paid to children and elderly people. The rest of the evacuees refused to stay in the shelter and went to relatives and friends.

The explosion damaged 8 flats on 7th through 9th floors, toppled part of stairwells and reinforced concrete panels. Responders checked flats on the 8th and 9th floors using aerials.

The city’s rescue services, airmobile teams of the Emergency Ministry’s Saint Petersburg Directorate, Neva Rescue Center and Northwestern Regional SAR Unit, as well as other emergency services with rescue equipment and psychologists of the Saint Petersburg Directorate are working at the scene. A drone owned by the Emergency Ministry’s Saint Petersburg Directorate is being used to assess the situation.

SAR operations were finished at 7:20 PM on 13 March.

Emergency operations center and task forces of the Emergency Ministry’s Saint Petersburg Directorate are working in cooperation with the local government and other emergency services. The Saint Petersburg Directorate is on high alert.

The Saint Petersburg Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commission held an on-site meeting at 9:20 PM on 13 March to discuss accommodating the residents in the temporary shelter, providing them with everything necessary and paying compensations, examination of the building and recovery operations.

Specialists of the Emergency Ministry’s Saint Petersburg Directorate are using Strela-P mobile diagnostic complex to assess the structural soundness of the house.

The population are kept informed on measures being taken and the current situation. An emergency phone line has been set up.

As of 6 AM on 14 March: residents of the 1st and 5th sections of the house returned to their flats, while residents of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sections have access to unaffected flats accompanited by rescuers and police to get their documents and essentials.

Operations planned for 14 March: debris are going to be removed, residents are going to get access to unaffected flats accompanied by rescuers and police to get documents and essentials, the house is going to be checked using the Strela-P complex.

510 people and 102 units of equipment, including 429 people and 67 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are involved in dealing with the accident.

Emergency situations under control

Derailment in Krasnoyarsk Territory

7 cars loaded with coal derailed at 5:40 PM on 12 March 2018 in Mansky District between Kamarchaga and Tayozhnoye stations (kilometer marker 4,175 of the Transsiberian Railway). 2 of the cars then capsized.

Nobody was hurt. More than 350 meters of tracks was damaged. 6 passenger trains and one commuter train Krasnoyarsk – Zaozyornaya were delayed by between 2 and 11 hours.

Emergency operations center and task forces of the Emergency Ministry’s Krasnoyarsk Territory Directorate are working in cooperation with the local government and repair brigades of the Russian Railways.

The Russian Railways are informing the passengers and providing them with everything necessary, as well as keeping updated passengers stranded on stations.

Passenger train services were resumed at 5:14 AM on 13 March by reverse on the even track. Recovery operations are underway.

Recovery operations were fully finished at 6 PM on 13 March, all railway services were resumed.

234 people and 8 units of equipment, including 25 people and 3 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are involved in the relief operations.

Plane crash in Moscow Region

An Antonov An-148 plane travelling from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport to Orsk crashed at 2:28 PM on 11 February 2018, in Ramenskoye District. The plane was carrying 71 people, including 65 passengers and 6 crew members.

Interagency emergency operations centers continue working to help families of the victims, to deliver the bodies to places of burial, including those located abroad and to hold funerals. Consulting centers were set up to explain to victims’ relatives about compensations and insurance payouts. Budgets of regions and municipalities and insurance company are paying compensations and insurances to families of the killed.

Emergency help line (8-800-775-17-17) set up at the Emergency Ministry’s Center for Emergency Psychological Center received 2 calls.

Latest data

Response to man-caused fires

Fire and rescue divisions have put out 303 fires, 220 of them in residential areas. 71 people have been affected, 51 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.

Response by bomb disposal divisions

Bomb disposal divisions found and defused 6 explosive devices, including 1 aerial bomb.

Traffic accident response

Fire and rescue teams have been deployed 165 times to respond totraffic accidents.

205 people have been injured in road traffic accidents, 120 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 5 times. Psychological has been provided on 11 occasions.