State of emergency declared in 5 regions of Russia's Far East due to floods

The Russian governmental emergency situations and fire safety commission led by Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov has declared a state of emergency in five regions in Russia's Far East.

The Russian governmental emergency situations and fire safety commission led by Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov has declared a state of emergency in five regions in Russia's Far East.

"An emergency situation has been declared in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Khabarovsk and Primorye territories, the Amur region and the Jewish autonomous region, and a federal level of response has been introduced there," the Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement available on its website.

The decision has been made "in view of the current hydrological situation in the Far Eastern Federal District and an adverse weather forecast," it said.

Puchkov held a conference call on Thursday to have updated information on the floods that have stricken a large area in the Far East, which have been caused by heavy precipitation.

"The situation caused by rainstorms is under control, all administrative bodies, forces, resources, and services are working round-the-clock. The people should have no reasons to worry," Puchkov said.

A group of 24,274 people and 4,245 vehicles has been deployed in five regions of the Far Eastern Federal District to conduct rescue operations, including 7,987 people, 1,214 vehicles and 11 aircraft belonging to the Emergency Situations Ministry, it said.

A group of 9,625 people and 1,435 vehicles has been deployed in the Amur region alone, including 3,102 people, 427 vehicles, and 11 aircraft from the Emergency Situations Ministry.

Updated reports indicate that floods in the Zeya, Mazanovo, Seryshevo, Blagoveshchensk, Shimanovsk, and Konstantinovka districts of the Amur region have affected 594 houses inhabited by 646 people, including 159 children, and also 745 vegetable gardens, 16 sections of motor roads, and 3 road bridges.

"For preemptive purposes, 2,285 people, including 940 children, were evacuated beforehand from populated areas, children's recreational institutions, and Federal Corrections Service's correctional institutions. As many as 1,169 people, including 338 children, have been evacuated right from flooded homes. A system of the people's vital support has been arranged," it said.

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