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Over 90% of flood-affected people in Far East receive primary aid - deputy prime minister

September 29, 2013, 18:10 UTC+3
More than 32,000 people were evacuated from their homes, about 3,000 are still living in temporary accommodation centres
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MOSCOW, September 29 (Itar-Tass) - More than 90 percent of people affected by the recent floods in Russia’s Far Eastern regions have already been paid one-time financial aid, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and presidential representative in the Far Eastern federal dirtsict Yuri Trutnev said on Sunday.

“More than 90 percent of people affected by the flood have already received primary material aid,” he told TV Channel One, which organized Sunday’s nationwide “All Together” aid-raising action.

More than 32,000 people were evacuated from their homes, about 3,000 are still living in temporary accommodation centres. “We must provide them with warm and comfortable housing,” he said. “As many as 2,500 people have already been accommodated at hostels and holiday centres, which means that they will spend the winter in heated premises.”

About 400 more people, which are still staying at temporary accommodation centres, are to be provided with heated housing in the next two days. “The governors have been tasked to see to it that not a single person is staying at tent camps by October 1,” Trutnev said.

According to Trutnev, another big problem facing the flood-affected regions is to have the infrastructure prepared for the coming winter. “The water has not yet subsided. Electricity transmission lines have been damaged, heat supplies systems have been flooded. These defects must be repaired. People have been mobilized and they are working rather efficiently,” he added.

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