Summary of 17 May


6:00 AM, Moscow time, 17.05.2018

Emergency situations under control

Spring floods in Russia

Spring 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.

109 houses occupied by 247 people, 389 farmlands, 19 low-level bridges and 15 sections of roads remain flooded in 14 settlements.

24 settlements (Kostroma, Nizhny Novgorod, Ryazan and Sverdlovsk Regions) have become cut off due to flooded bridges and roads. There are 12 boat crossings. Normal functioning of the society has not been disturbed, all the cut-off areas have firemen.

More than 1,200 people and 310 units of equipment, with 108 boats among them. Including 390 people and 90 units of equipment, with 51 boats among them, provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry, are dealing with the floods.

Sakha Republic (Yakutia)

109 houses occupied by 247 people, and 389 farmlands remain flooded in 5 settlements.

An on-site meeting of the working group of the Governmental Disaster Management Commission, headed by the Minister Vladimir Puchkov, has declared the state of the federal emergency with the federal level of response, all decision to provide comprehensive aid to the population, emergency and rescue, repair and other operations have been taken, damage assessment and other commissions have been formed.

Managing bodies and forces of Amga unit of the SSDMS of Yakutia sub-system are working under the state of emergency, units of the Ust-Maya sub-system are on high alert. 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.

738 people were evacuated, they are staying at their relatives and friends. 10 temporary shelters capable of accommodating 1,640 people are ready to be deployed. More than 9,400 units of pets and livestock were evacuated.

Over the past 24 hours:

24 ice-blasting operatiosn were carried out 60 kilometers down at the Amga River to destroy ice jams, expending 16,562 kilograms of explosives.

15 tons of relief goods (foodstuffs) were delivered from the town of Yakutsk to the settlement of Ust-Maya, 40 tons of relief goods were supplied to the flooded area in total. 15.5 tons of foodstuffs and 3,000 liters of water were delivered in total;

Task group is being reinforced: an Antonov An-74 jet of the Russian Emergencies Ministry delivered rescuers from the Baikal Search and Rescue Center (25 people and 4 boats) and a Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Ilyushin Il-76 delivered 70 rescuers and 4 boats from the Siberian Rescue Center;

Flood situation in Amga River has stabilized, there are no flooded houses and farmlands. Houses are being dried, rubble is being cleared out, aid is being provided to the population.

Activities planned on 17 May 2018: task force will be reinforced, emergency and repair operations will be continued, aid will be provided to the population, the population will be informed about the situation and measures taken.

974 people and 221 units of equipment, with 84 boats among them. Including 320 people and 72 units of equipment, with 51 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 337 fires, 247 of them in residential areas. 58 people have been affected, 39 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 4 accidents. 12 people were affected, 2 of them were saved.-

Response by bomb disposal divisions

Bomb disposal divisions found 302 explosive devices.

Traffic accident response

Fire and rescue teams were deployed 235 times to respond totraffic accidents. 278 people were injured, 159 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 been dispatched to the facilities twice.

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 21 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 27 air tests. 26 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 17 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.