6:00 AM, Moscow time, 20.03.2018
Cyclone in Far East of Russia
Khabarovsk Territory and Sakhalin Region have been hit by a cyclone since 18 March 2018 bringing heavy snowfalls and wind gusting up to 17 m/s. Nobody was hurt.
Khabarovsk Territory: Regional motorway R454 between Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur was closed from 4 PM on 18 March to 4:30 AM on 20 March for coaches as a precaution. The road is being cleared, there are traffic police posts in places, joint task forces are patrolling and checking the sections of the road. 2 mobile warming centers were deployed.
Ferry crossing between Vanino and Kholmsk in the Strait of Tartary was closed from 6 PM on 18 March to 4:55 PM on 19 March.
Emergency operations center and task forces of the Emergency Ministry’s Khabarovsk Territory Directorate are working in cooperation with the local government and other emergency services.
Sakhalin Region: 2 sections of regional roads were closed for coaches and 2 more for all kinds of vehicles from 8 AM on 19 March to 4:30 AM on 20 March as a precaution. The road is being cleared, there are traffic police posts in places, joint task forces are patrolling and checking the sections of the road. 3 mobile warming centers were deployed.
Kamchatka Territory: 1 section of a local road has been closed since midnight of 20 March as a precaution. The road is being cleared, there are traffic police posts in places.
The population are kept informed on safe conduct in the current situation via TV and radio channels, OKSION terminals, text messages and radio of long-distance drivers. Stable operation of critical, power supplying and transport infrastructure is under constant monitoring.
According to the Russian Weather Service and All-Russian Monitoring and Forecasting Center Antistikhia, the cyclone is going to weaken on 20 March and stop affecting the region.
More than 1,340 people and 520 units of equipment, including 445 people and 69 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are involved in dealing with the impact of the cyclone.
Emergency situations under control
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 (60 people have been consulted). 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 4 calls.
Response to man-caused fires
Fire and rescue divisions have put out 294 fires, 230 of them in residential areas. 93 people have been affected, 77 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 bodies of water
Rescue divisions responded to 3 accidents. 3 people were saved.
Response by bomb disposal divisions
Bomb disposal divisions found and defused 2 explosive devices.
Traffic accident response
Fire and rescue teams were deployed 202 times to respond totraffic accidents.
303 people were injured in road traffic accidents, 195 of them were 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.