Over 18,000 people tackling flood aftermath in Krasnodar Territory

More than 18,000 people are taking part in clean-up operations following severe floods in Russia's southern Krasnodar Territory on July 6-7, the Emergency Situations Ministry said on its website on Tuesday.

"Round-the-clock recovery efforts continue in Krymsk. Additional forces and means arrived in the town in the past 24 hours to deal with the consequences of the disaster. Emergency Situations Ministry planes airlifted a total of 1,132 people, including teams of the Rescue Center, the Main Regional Center, as well as students of the State Firefighting Service Academy, St. Petersburg's State Firefighting Service University and Ivanovo's State Firefighting Service Institute," the ministry said.

The Defense Ministry, for its part, sent another 5,114 people and 303 units of equipment to the flood-stricken area, it said.

A field camp capable of accommodating 1,000 participants in the clear-up operations has been set up and the Rescue Center's mobile hospital is functioning.

Eight humanitarian aid distribution centers are operating.

Emergency psychological help has been provided on 184 occasions, and routine psychological help on 10,890 occasions.

A total of 5,052 hotline calls have been accepted, including 63 in the past 24 hours. Specialists have explained this decline in the number of calls received by the hotline by the fact that the situation in Krymsk might have started to stabilize.

A total of 3,040 people, among them 360 children, have used bath points set up in the town, the ministry said.

"As many as 18,105 people and 2,498 units of equipment are involved in the clean-up operations following the flash floods, including 5,300 people and 612 units of equipment sent by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry," it said.

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