MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited those who were affected by the powerful floods in the Irkutsk Region to a reception in the Kremlin. Five families with children are taking part in it.
Putin visited the Irkutsk Region on June 30 to assess the situation on the ground. A week ago, the president arrived there for the second time to talk to those affected and learnt about their problems and hopes. After that, the Russian leader harshly criticized the officials for their dealing with the emergency consequences. At a meeting with ministers, he again invoked this issue, pointing to the responsibility to rapidly address the flood consequences and provide the necessary help to those affected.
The last president’s meeting of this sort took place in the town of Tulun in the Irkutsk Region on July 19. Then, Putin first talked to the locals in the temporary settlements and later with the residents of Tulun. He listened to the complaints and requests of a few dozens of people, they primarily related to receiving residential certificates, compensations, home restoration and many other problems.
The powerful flood hit the Irkutsk Region in late June. Twenty-five people died, another eight are missing. Almost 11,000 residential buildings in 109 communities were flooded as well as 86 facilities of social importance and 49 sections of roads. Twenty-two highway bridges were damaged.