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Baikal village fire victims to get state, humanitarian assistance

April 17, 2012, 10:29 UTC+3

All the fire victims have been given articles of daily necessity, clothes and means of personal hygiene worth 30,000 roubles per family

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ULAN-UDE, April 17 (Itar-Tass) — The fire victims of the Baikal region's village of Bayan-Bulak, where 12 houses were destroyed in a blaze overnight to April 13, are entitled to state and humanitarian assistance.

“All the fire victims have been given articles of daily necessity, clothes and means of personal hygiene worth 30,000 roubles per family. The payment of 10,000-rouble lumpsum compensations per fire victim from the regional budget is to begin from April 15. The authorities are drawing documents for the victims to certify their property has been destroyed, an official at the administration of the Agin Buryat district told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

“On April 18, the local administration will begin to issue new passports to them. On that day, specialists of the department of the Federal Migration Service for the Baikal region will advise village residents on how to handle their problems and what assistance the local government bodies will provide to them.

The Pension Fund will help the fire victims as well. The sum of the collected donations has already reached 700,000 roubles.

“The local authorities are negotiating with banks and loan organization over rescheduling fire victims’ payments on credits.

The villagers do not require psychological assistance, as no nervous breakdowns have been reported. All the persons have left the evacuation point: 15 families have returned to the village and eight were accommodated at their relatives' in the village of Aginskoye.

The regional administration has said 54 million roubles are required for rebuilding the homes, including 37 roubles for housing construction. The rest of the money is needed to compensate the loses sustained by village residents. The documents have been forwarded to the Russian government.

It is planned to begin to build new houses in May and finish them by the beginning of the cold season. Mobile communication and power and water supply, and the Internet have already been restored in the village. The social infrastructure facilities operate in normal mode.

The fire in the village of Bayan-Bulak, located 200 kilometers from China, broke out because of burning dry grass overnight form April 12 to April 13. Sixty-five people were evacuated from the village. The fire destroyed 12 homes with a total area of 770 square meters, including three two-apartment houses, in all 15 apartments in which 23 families lived.


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