Emergency Situations Ministry proposed to improve Russia's national emergency alert system

A comprehensive emergency population warning system will be developed in Russia, Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said.

"Scientists, experts and specialists are working in the Krasnodar Territory today. They are drawing up proposals dealing with the creation of a comprehensive warning system in Russia that would help convey all of the necessary information directly to citizens," he said at a press conference on Thursday.

"In accordance with current regulatory documents, municipalities are the first to alert the population [about emergencies], only after which the regions of the Russian Federation and the federal center are allowed to step in," the minister said.

"But it is clear today that we need to shift the emphasis and simplify the delivery of information directly to each person in real time. Modern technologies allow us to do so," Puchkov said.

Earlier reports blamed the absence of an efficient emergency population warning system for the high death toll from severe floods in Russia's southern Krasnodar Territory.

The Kuban flood has affected about 35,000 people, destroyed 96 houses and left 3,300 people without all their property, according to the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's press service.  A total of 246 mixed working groups operated in the disaster zone to evaluate the scale of the damage. They examined 10,232 houses.

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