MOSCOW, March 6 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations forecasts a high risk of spring floods in five Russian regions, the director of the ministry’s civil protection department, Sergei Didenko, said on Tuesday.
According to early forecasts, strong floods are expected in Yakutia, Primorye, as well as in the Kbabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk Territories and Irkutsk Region, he said at a video conference.
Besides, there is a high risk of partial flooding of local settlements in 33 regions of the Far Eastern, Siberian, Central, Volga, North-Western and Southern federal districts, due to an intensive show melting and littering of sewers.
The head of the ministry’s department said at a video conference that more than 446,000 specialists will fight against spring floods. They will be assisted by 104,000 units of hardware. A total of 1,797 groups have been formed to control preparations for the flood season. Besides, 220 aircraft will be engaged, including 68 planes and helicopters of the emergencies ministry, Didenko reported.
A total of 156 teams will be used to blast ice. Ice will be drilled at 185 sites. All in all, more than 4,700 settlements, almost 2,000 sections of highways and 378 sections of railways are situated in the zone of spring floods across Russia, according to the ministry.