MOSCOW, July 17 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian Defense Ministry has sent troops to Krymsk in the Krasnodar region to eliminate the aftermath of heavy flooding and render assistance to the population, the press and information department of the ministry told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
All in all some 5,500 servicemen and more than 400 vehicles and special machinery units have been deployed in the emergency area. The man force and machinery have arrived from 17 units of the Southern Federal District and Airborne troops, it said.
On the instructions issued by Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov thirteen flights were performed on Monday for operational transfer of servicemen from the Budyonovsk and Volgograd garrisons to Krymsk, the press service said. Besides, logistics supply brigades of the Southern Military District have provided around a hundred trucks which delivered wooden platforms, army cots and tents for tent compounds.
Five tent compounds accommodating 5,500 servicemen have been put up in the area of the clean-up. The servicemen joined operations for rendering assistance to the population and eliminating the aftermath of the flooding as soon as they arrived, the defense ministry said.