Summary of 21 March 2018


6:00 AM, Moscow time, 21.03.2018

Emergency situations over past 24 hours

Gas explosion in Murmansk Region

A gas explosion not followed by a fire happened at 4:45 PM on 20 March 2018 in a flat on the first floor of a block in the city of Murmansk, Sverdlov Street 6/1.

The explosion damaged 6 flats, toppled part of an outside wall, a stairwell between floors 4 and 5 and the roof.

Fire and rescue divisions, police, ambulances and teams of housing and utilities were dispatched to the scene immediately.

There are victims.

Fire and rescue crews extricated 5 people during a rescue operation. UAVs were deployed to check the building.

Managing bodies and forces of the Murmansk city section of the Murmansk Region subsystem of the Single State Disaster Management System, Emergency Ministry’s Northwestern Regional Center, its Crisis Management Center, Murmansk Arctic Integrated Emergency Rescue Center – a branch of the Northwestern SAR Unit and Murmansk Region Directorate are operating under the state of emergency. Airmobile teams of the Emergency Ministry’s Murmansk Region Directorate and Murmansk Arctic Integrated Emergency Rescue Center are being gathered. The first echelon of the Neva Rescue Center is on standby.

Airmobile teams of the Emergency Ministry’s Murmansk Region Directorate, Northwestern Regional SAR Unit and Murmansk Arctic Integrated Emergency Rescue Center have been sent to the scene.

Emergency operations centers and task forces of the Emergency Ministry’s Northwestern Regional Center and Murmansk Region Directorate are operating in cooperation with the local government and other emergency services.

Mil Mi-8 of the Russian Emergency Ministry is on standby at Pulkovo airport for a possible medical evacuation.

The SAR operation was finished at 6:50 PM on 20 March, there are no people trapped under debris.

A temporary shelter deployed at dormitory No 17 is housing 11 people. They are getting hot meals, medical and psychological aid. Social services are working. Special attention is being paid to children and elderly people. The rest of the residents refused to go to the shelter and went to stay at their friends and relatives’ homes.

The population are being informed on the measures taken and current situation.

The Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commission of the Murmansk administration held an on-site meeting at 7:30 PM on 20 March to discuss housing the evacuees at the temporary shelter, providing them with everything necessary and paying them compensations, examining the building and progress of restoration.

Specialists of the Saint Petersburg fire testing laboratory equipped with Strela-P mobile diagnostic complex moved out from Murmansk at 9 PM to evaluate structural soundness of the house.

Sections 2 and 3 of the house were connected to all critical infrastructure at 9:55 PM. The residents got back to their flats.

3 psychologists of the Northwestern branch of the Saint Petersburg Center for Emergency Psychological Aid arrived at 10:50 PM to attend to the residents housed at the temporary shelter.

The debris were taken away at 12”50 AM on 21 March. In all, more than 150 cubic meters of the debris was removed.

Residents of the first section were allowed to go into their flats between 1 and 1:30 AM accompanied by rescuers and police to get essentials.

As of 6 AM on 21 March: residents of sections 2 and 3 went back to their flats, 11 people are staying at the temporary shelter, 16 more are staying at their relatives and friends’, all the debris were removed.

Operations planned for 21 March: investigators of the Murmansk Region Office of the Investigative Committee are going to work at the scene accompanied by rescuers; the building is going to be checked by Strela-P mobile diagnostic complex; relatives of the victims are going to be attended by psychologists during the identification procedure; they also are going to attend to other residents of the affected section of the house; documents are going to be made so that the residents could be accommodated in public housing and get compensations; the remaining debris is going to be removed from the yard of the house.

423 people and 83 units of equipment, including 320 people and 48 units of equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are involved in dealing with the incident.

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 2 calls.

Latest data

Response to man-caused fires

Fire and rescue divisions have put out 262 fires, 180 of them in residential areas. 77 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.

Accidents on bodies of water

Rescue divisions responded to 3 accidents.

Response by bomb disposal divisions

Bomb disposal divisions found and defused 80 explosive devices, including 5 aerial bombs.

Traffic accident response

Fire and rescue teams were deployed 200 times to respond totraffic accidents.

292 people were injured in road traffic accidents, 186 of them were 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 not been dispatched to the facilities.

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 has been provided on 42 occasions.