Summary of 10 May


6:00 AM, Moscow time, 10.05.2018

The Emergency Ministry’s Managing bodies and forces of constant readiness are put on high alert from 9 AM on 8 May 2018 to 9 AM on 10 May 2018 to ensure readiness to response to possible emergency situations.

Emergency situations under control

Spring floods in Russia

Springs floods are developing in accordance with the forecast. Water levels have gone up in Far East (Yakutia and Khabarovsk Territory), Urals (Sverdlovsk and Tyumen Regions), Volga area (Republics of Mordovia, Tatarstan, Udmurtia, Kirov, Nizhny Novgorod, Saratov, Samara, and Orenburg Regions), Northwestern (Novgorod and Leningrad Regions) and central Russia (Vladimir, Voronezh, Ryazan, Kursk, Tambov, Ivanovo, Kostroma 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. There are no flooded businesses.

143 houses, 498 farmlands, 31 low-level bridges and 16 sections of roads remain flooded in 18 settlements. 845 people were evacuated, they are staying at their relatives’ and friends’.

37 settlements (Mordovia, Sverdlovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Kostroma and Ryazan Regions) have become cut off due to flooded bridges and roads. There are 16 boat crossings. Normal functioning of the society has not been disturbed, all the cut-off areas have firemen.

Due to an ice-jam on the Amga River in Yakutia that appeared 12 kilometers away from the settlement of Amga, Amga District, 3 settlements remain flooded (Amga, Chapchylgan, Abaga), 143 houses and 215 farmlands. 658 people were preemptively evacuated, they are staying at their relatives’ and friends’. 4 temporary shelters have been deployed. More than 140 units of livestock were evacuated to highlands. A Mil Mi-8 helicopter of the SSDMS delivered a group of pyrotechnicians and rescuers of the Far Eastern Regional Search and Rescue Center to the ice-jam. Blasting operations (8 blasts in total, 2,900 kilograms of explosives were used) were carried out. Managing bodies and personnel of the Amga District Unit of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) SSDMS sub-system are working under the state of emergency, task groups and disaster management centers of the Sakha Republic Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry have been deployed and are working in cooperation with local governments.

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.

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 920 people and 230 units of equipment, with 79 boats among them. Including more than 220 people and 64 units of equipment, with 10 boats among them, provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are dealing with the floods.

Latest data

Response to man-caused fires

Fire and rescue divisions have put out 372 fires, 295 of them in residential areas. 74 people have been affected, 58 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 2 accidents. 2 people were affected, 1 of the was saved.

Response by bomb disposal divisions

Bomb disposal divisions found 483 explosive devices, including 9 aerial bombs.

Traffic accident response

Fire and rescue teams were deployed 239 times to respond totraffic accidents. 317 people were injured, 220 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 times. Psychological aid was provided on 4 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.

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.

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. The information and recommendations to the population are broadcast at 115 OKSION terminals in Moscow and Moscow Region.

Task forces, are working at all the refuse damps round the clock, laboratories have run 130 air tests. 21 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 10 May.

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.