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MOSCOW, December 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The number of fatalities in emergency situations in Russia this year was 565 people — 40% less than last year, Russian Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) Minister Vladimir Puchkov said at a news conference on Tuesday.
“Every second day in 2013 a federal emergency response regime was imposed in the country. The main result of this intensive work is more than 263 thousand saved lives,” Puchkov said.
He noted that human losses in emergencies and natural calamities had been minimized. “The number of emergency situations and natural calamities is constantly decreasing,” the minister stressed.
According to Puchkov, 2013 has clearly shown that the country has created an effectively working system of emergency warning and response that is capable of prompt fulfilling designated tasks and taking modern approaches aimed at the protection of the population and territories from any threats.
The minister said the number of emergencies during the year had decreased by 23% and the number of manmade fires had decreased by five percent. “The country has 322 emergency situations, which is considerably less than last year,” Puchkov added.