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Putin intends to fight floods by building new hydroelectric power stations

August 28, 2013, 11:59 UTC+3

First dismissals for poor flood handling are made

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Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to set up a special governmental committee to coordinate flood aversion and clean-up efforts, Vedomosti daily reported. The president is on a working trip in the Far East, which is severely impacted by the natural disaster which started a month ago; the flooded area has surpassed the territory of Europe.

On Tuesday, several ministers from the long-standing governmental committee for emergency situations headed by Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov arrived in Khabarovsk, Russian Far East.

Vladimir Putin stated that it is necessary to create a new regulation system for water bodies. He set the task of construction of additional hydroelectric power stations to store anomalous water inflow and revise the rules of operation of water bodies, Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported.

Speaking on the compensation of damage done by the floods, the president noted that if the damage was caused to the facilities, which were built with violations, the cponstruction companies and the agencies, which had taken these decisions, should bear responsibility.

First dismissals of public officials were conducted as well. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev dismissed deputy minister for development of the Far East due to poor handling of the flood situation.

As far as supplyin flood-hit territories goes, the situation is far from being favorable; current efforts of state authorities are not enough, activists of the Putin-led All-Russia People's Front said. Activists asked the Transport Ministry to help with free delivery of relief supplies; the Agriculture Ministry was asked to exert influence on insurance companies, which seem to not hurry to pay compensations to local farmers. Members of the All-Russia People's Front asked farmers in central districts of Russia to help their fellow farmers, who happened to become fictims of a natural disaster in the Far East.

The Transport Minister will go on a working trip in the flood-hit territories, where he will meet with representatives of the transport business and discuss what the latter can do for people in the flooded Far East. For a more urgent allocation of insurance compensations to agrarian enterprises by the Ministry of Agriculture jointly with the Central Bank of Russia, a permanent dialogue was established with unions of insurance companies.

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