Emergency Ministry: No natural disasters will hopefully occur during Sochi Olympics

All climate-related risks in the Krasnodar territory will be minimized by the time the 2014 summer Olympic Games begin, said Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov.

"All risks we are witnessing today will be minimized, of course," he said when reporters asked him how natural disasters similar to the Krymsk flooding would be tackled should they strike during the Olympic Games.

All risks that may emerge in Sochi and in other parts of the North Caucasus have been assessed, he said.

"Preparations for the Olympic games are under tight federal control and comply with all international regulations," Puchkov said.

Capabilities are being reserved to prevent emergencies and "additional measures are being taken to maintain stable energy supplies, and transport and communication services," he said.

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