Heat waves and criminal negligence: in Siberia, fighting with the powerful forest fires
Material posted: Publication date: 30-04-2017
In Buryatia in the fires destroyed dozens of homes in two settlements. The head EMERCOM of Russia Vladimir Puchkov arrived in the region along with the operational group of the Ministry. The fires severely affected the residents of the Irkutsk region and Krasnoyarsk region. In all areas of the Siberian Federal district introduced a state of emergency.

The head EMERCOM of Russia Vladimir Puchkov and the operational group of the Ministry arrived in Buryatia, where a high-class fire hazard. Among the reasons for the occurrence of natural fires — the dry hot weather, gusty wind and human factor.

"The head of the Ministry Vladimir Puchkov together with the operational group of EMERCOM of Russia on the Mi-8 helicopter carried out air monitoring of the situation", — stated in the message Department.

According to the MOE, grass fires have destroyed the homes of two localities in Buryatia. Beams went to one of them to personally assess measures to assist the people and to communicate with the management of the Cheryomushki village and its inhabitants.

At a meeting with residents Puchkov said that the owners of the burned houses on behalf of the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev will receive financial support and compensation for lost property.

"Housing is already running a mixed group. But only you can decide — either the housing would be rebuilt in the same place, or will consider other options," — said the head of Department.

He added that citizens living in the burnt houses, but not registered there, will assist in the preparation of documents.

Later Puchkov, speaking at a meeting of the group of governmental Commission and of the Republican Commission for emergency situations, criticized officials of Rospotrebnadzor, which, according to him, still had not provided the homeless people of normal living conditions. He stressed that each victim needs to obtain the conditions for a comfortable stay, meals, medical support and psychological assistance.

"Many of them are with relatives. So it is impossible to treat people. Provide decent conditions for people who are homeless", — quotes the Minister RIA Novosti.

He also said that the perpetrators of the fire in the village of Cheremushki in the Republic of Buryatia detained.

"Detained resident of the village of Cheryomushki, he was fishing on the shore, threw a cigarette butt, and started the fire" — quoted speaker TASS.

In addition, the Minister said that fire rescue units were able to protect from grass fires in Buryatia 47 settlements. He noted that the cause of all the fires was the human factor.

"In some places is fixed fire, so loggers burning slash residues, despite the introduction of a state of emergency," — said the Minister.

The human factor

Earlier in the territory of the Siberian Federal district was introduced emergency mode. Besides Buryatia, the fires damaged the Irkutsk region where on fire at least 59 homes. Upon ignition, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under article 293 of the criminal code of Russian Federation ("the Negligence").

"According to investigators, the fire occurred on the territory of the non-residential sector. Because of the strong wind the fire spread to the whole village," — said the Agency.

Local residents reported that the fire started because their fellow villager who burned garbage at the site. They said that the fire got out of control due to strong wind and spread to the structure. Also my house burned one of the residents of Slyudyanka.

"From the fire lit up the remnants of dry grass in the garden, then the fire moved to a house that person. In conditions of strong wind the fire spread in an instant and turned into a major fire, which also destroyed the buildings on the neighbouring plot and moved to the territory of the city of the forest", — said the head of firefighting and rescue Model part Mikhail Osipov.

The Chairman of the government of Irkutsk region Alexander Bitarov stated that appeals to the population and the territories did not lead to the desired results. He noted that some of the fires that have moved into the forests and residential buildings, was caused by careless handling of fire.

Currently, the residents burnt down in Irkutsk region of the village of Bubnivka placed in points of temporary stay. The head of the region Sergey Levchenko ordered to provide compensation to those who have suffered property and housing. In addition, all victims will receive 125 cubic meters of timber for construction.

According to the Irkutsk Department of Hydrometeorology and environmental monitoring, April 28 in the region exceeded the absolute maximum temperature for more than 130 years of observations. The air in the South of the Irkutsk region is warmed to 29 °C.

Also, the fires damaged Krasnoyarsk Krai. In Rybinsk, Mansky and Sharypovsky districts fire occurred more than 20 houses.

As reported in GU MVD of Russia in the region, police quickly recovered the passports lost by the tenants of the burned houses. Three of the victims new documents issued in one day.

Ilya Sokolov

Source: https://russian.rt.com/russia/article/384123-zhara-pozhary-sibir

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