Summary of 07 April


6:00 AM, Moscow time, 07.04.2018

Easter celebrations are planned to be held in Russia so more than 220,300 people and 60,500 units of equipment, including more than 39,400 people and 10,300 units or equipment provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are planned to ensure safety of those celebrations.

Spring floods in Russia

Springs floods are developing in accordance with the forecast. Water levels have gone up in Siberia (Tuva and Khakassia, Altai Territory), Volga (Saratov and Nizhny Novgorod Regions), south (Rostov and Volgograd Regions) and central areas (Voronezh, Ryazan, Lipetsk, Oryol, Tula, Belgorod and Tambov Regions) due to intense melting of snow and flow of water into rivers.

Emergency Ministry’s emergency operations centers and task forces are working in cooperation with the local governments.

No businesses are flooded.

91 settlements (in Khakassia and Bashkortostan, Altai Territory, Volgograd, Saratov, Leningrad, Pskov, Voronezh, Ryazan and Tula Regions), 745 homes, 3,846 farmlands, 71 low-level bridges and 11 sections of roads remain flooded in Russia.

222 people have been resettled, 39 of them are staying at temporary shelters, the rest have gone to their relatives and friends.

19 settlements (Voronezh, Tambov, Tula, Nizhny Novgorod and Ryazan Regions) have become cut off due to flooded bridges and roads. There are 11 boat crossings. Normal functioning of the society has not been disturbed, all the cut-off areas have firemen.

Rescuers and other specialists go from door to door, supply people with foodstuffs, provide medical and other help, protect public order, check gas equipment, fill low-lying areas with soil. Employees of Rospotrebnadzor (the federal consumer rights protection authority) are taking samples of drinking water and test them. Rescuers are on duty in settlements together with medical workers.

Social, medical and other services are working at temporary shelters, people are provided with hot food, including baby food, bottled water, essentials and means of communications (phone and Internet).

Joint task forces are working at gauging stations and hydraulic facilities round the clock to control the development of the situation and monitor water levels.

The situation is under constant space monitoring, models are being worked out considering nearest settlements and relief of the area, drones are being actively used.

The population are kept informed, steps are being taken to minimize risks of floods considering the weather forecast.

More than 3,400 people and 1,150 units of equipment, with 138 boats among them. Including more than 1,600 people and 370 units of equipment, with 98 boats among them, provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are dealing with the floods.

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 applications were reviewed). 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 27 calls.

Latest data

Response to man-caused fires

Fire and rescue divisions have put out 290 fires, 227 of them in residential areas. 83 people have been affected, 70 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 15 explosive devices, including 2 areal bombs.

Traffic accident response

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

177 people were injured in road traffic accidents, 118 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 8 times. Psychological has been provided on 10 occasions.

Monitoring of air pollution in city of Moscow and Moscow Region

Residents of the city of Moscow and towns in Moscow Region have been complaining about the smell of hydrogen sulfide since 8 December 2017.

Chairmen of the Disaster Management and Fire Safety Commissions of Moscow Region municipalities are cooperating with representatives of Rosgidromet (the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring), Rospotrebnadzor (the federal consumer rights protection authority) and Rosprirodnadzor (the federal natural resources inspectorate).

The population is being informed about the situation through mass media and other channels. The information about the taken measures is being posted on web-sites of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, Central Regional Center of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Moscow and Moscow Region Directorates, as well as the Government of Moscow and Moscow Region, the Moscow Region Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

An interagency working group has been working at the National Crisis Management Center (NCMC) since 15 March to prevent pollution, keep up monitoring the air and informing the population.

Task forces, are working at all the refuse damps round the clock, laboratories have run 227 air tests. 27 complaints have been received.

According to the Russian Weather Service and All-Russian Forecasting and Monitoring Center Antistikhia, the weather is not going to have negative effect on environmental situation on 7 April.

The situation is under control.

The Emergency Ministry advises: If there is an unpleasant smell, one should avoid staying outside and limit the time of outdoor physical activity, try to not open windows, to do the cleaning with water at homes and offices, to use air conditioners and cleaners. People suffering from chronic lung problems should have medicines at hand. Children and pregnant women should avoid long walks especially along motorways. If one feels unwell, they should see a doctor.

If there is a strange smell, please call the help line of the Emergency Moscow Region Directorate 8(498) 505-41-70 or Ministry’s Moscow Directorate 8(495) 637-22-22.