Topic: Russia’s Far East Flood
- Russian Gov’t Provides $360M to Flood-Hit Far East
- Amur River Water Level Keeps Rising in Flood-Hit Khabarovsk
- Putin Signs Decree to Deal with Far East Flood Consequences
- Some 8,400 Evacuated From Flooded Areas in Russia’s Far East
- Putin Meets Flood-Hit Farmers in Russian Far East
MOSCOW, September 5 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov has departed for the flood-hit Far Eastern regions to coordinate work to overcome the flood’s consequences, Puchkov’s ministry has reported.
“The minister will oversee work [to deal with the flood consequences] in Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where he will also meet with local residents, in the Jewish Autonomous Region and the Amur Region,” ministry spokeswoman Irina Rossius said Wednesday.
Several weeks of flooding, which according to Russian meteorologists are the worst in the region in 120 years, have affected the Amur and Magadan regions, the Jewish Autonomous Region, and the Khabarovsk and Primorye territories, as well as in the Siberian republic of Yakutia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a decree to deal with the consequences of the devastating flood in the country’s Far East. In line with the decree, overcoming the consequences of the flood is one of the most important state tasks.
Russia’s federal government will provide 12 billion rubles ($360 million) in aid to parts of the Far East that have been devastated by flash floods, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev said Wednesday.
The aid will include financial assistance to people affected by the flood as well as rescue and evacuation services, Trutnev said, emphasizing that the government would make sure that the money is used for its intended purposes.
Most of the aid (10.6 billion rubles) will come from the government’s reserve fund, while another 1.3 billion will be provided as subsidies to regions affected by the flood, said Trutnev, who was appointed presidential envoy to the Far East by Putin on Saturday.
Two Mi-26 heavy-lift helicopters have been redeployed from the Central Military District to Russia’s flood-hit Far East, a military district official said earlier Wednesday. The helicopters, which can carry up to 20 tons, will help evacuate people, transport cargo and deliver much-needed food and medicine as part of ongoing rescue efforts.
Trutnev on Tuesday said that a further 36,000 people would need to be evacuated from the area as floodwaters continue to rise. He said that almost 16,000 people had already been evacuated and 98,800 people affected by the ongoing flooding of the Amur River.
In total there are about 45,000 people taking part in rescue work in flood-hit areas, the deputy prime minister added.
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