Russia: 7,000+ fight massive Siberia wildfires – nearly 100 homes and social facilities burned (Vesti) – Published 28 Apr 2017 1920z (GMT/UTC)

(Images: Vesti)

“FEMA and the Department of Defense stepped up in Siberia, where Raging wildfires.

Now in the Federal District with fire fighting more than 7 thousand people and 2 thousand units. In a region already transferred aviation: aircraft IL-76 and “amphibian be-200. At any time to help firefighters ready to come over 25 000 soldiers from the reserve of the Ministry of defence. The military also provided nearly three dozen Army helicopters for aerial reconnaissance.

Fight fire with rescue workers hampered by weather, reports tv channel “Russia 24”. Strong wind provokes new ignition. The fire covered thousands of hectares of forest, including — near human settlements.

In hazardous areas remain towns in Irkutsk oblast and Buryatia. On the eve there already burned nearly 100 homes and social facilities. The fire has so far sent to relatives in hotels and temporary accommodation. For people organized a gathering of aid they will receive compensation. Regional authorities have promised to provide victims new housing or materials for the construction of houses” – Vesti (Translated by Bing) April 30, 2017 06:10

However Russia’s EMERCOM (April 30, 2017 08:01) stated that ther wildfire situation in Krasnoyarsk Territory is under control – all settlements are safe 

“The Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov has conducted a meeting of the Governmental Emergency Response Committee dedicated to fire safety in the Siberian Federal District.

It was mentioned that by decision of the Governmental Commission, the Emergency Situation mode of operation was enabled in all constituent territories of Siberia and special fire fighting regime was enabled in many municipalities.

“from 25 to 28 April, more than 2000 fires were put out by joint efforts of the Federal and regional fire departments, patrol groups of the municipalities and other services. More than 150 settlements in 22 municipalities were saved from fires”, pointed out Vladimir Puchkov.

Fire fighters and especially “The Institute of Village Elders” actively instruct population on fire safety. More than 95% of fires that occurred in KrasnoyarskTerritory were taken under control within the first day.

More than 700 administrative infractions for dry grass burning and campfire building were given by the Emergencies Ministry’s specialists in KrasnoyarskTerritory since beginning of 2017. Forestry workers already fined more than 3.7 million rubles.

The First Deputy Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Chairman of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Government, Viktor Tomenko reported that since 25 April the region experiences heat wave with strong wind gusting. The situation is the same, as in Khakassia in 2015, where people died due in major fires. Since 20 April special fire fighting regime was enabled in KrasnoyarskTerritory.

“Despite all taken preventive measures we detected several major violation of the regime by citizens. Due to casual handling of fire, nine houses were destroyed in 5 settlements of three municipalities”, said Viktor Tomenko. 15 people lost their houses. Nobody was killed or injured. According to Tomenko, all payments will be carried out from the regional budget and assistance from the federal budget is not required.

While mentioning forest fires, the Vice-Governor pointed out that these fires have no threat to settlements.

Despite this, a ground force consisting of more than 27,000 people and 1,500 units of equipment was created to protect the settlements in KrasnoyarskTerritory.

According to daily monitoring, the air is nor contaminated and there is no threat to health of KrasnoyarskTerritory residents.

“We completed the most important objective – we prevented human casualties. According to order of the Russian President Vladimir Putin we carry out comprehensive preventive efforts, provide aid and support to every affected person. All affected families must immediately receive compensations. I ask all social workers to take such cases under special control and help people to draft necessary documents”, pointed out Vladimir Puchkov.

The Emergencies Minister also pointed out that many people will leave towns for May Holidays. For that reason, it is necessary to organize additional efforts and protect all recreational sites. Vladimir Puchkov underlined that as a lot of people will go to their summer residences from towns, the motorways may get overloaded and he ordered Traffic Police to check once again preparedness of roads.

“We must not forget that spring flood is still ongoing and that requires additional work and preventive efforts. On one hand, wildfire risks are gradually decreasing, while on the other a lot of people leaving towns for holidays, skyrocketing these risks”, said the Minister.

Vladimir Puchkov also asked KrasnoyarskTerritory to assist Buryatia and Irkutsk Region in combating wildfires.

“KrasnoyarskTerritory has powerful group of personnel, this is why I ask you to organize cooperation with border constituents, such as Buryatia and Irkutsk Region that have adverse wildfire situation and unfavorable weather forecasts, provide necessary aid to stop fire spreading towards KrasnoyarskTerritory. Aircraft and ground forces are already fight fires there”, said Vladimir Puchkov.”



Russia (Siberia): Khakassia wildfires leave at least 4 dead, 73 injured. Approx 100 houses in 21 villages on fire – Published 120415 1520z (GMT/UTC)

The government of a Siberian region reports that more than 70 people have been injured by agricultural fires that got out of control and swept through more than 20 towns and villages.

The fires were started by farmers burning the grass in their fields and they spread quickly because of strong winds. The government of Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, has called on all residents to help put out the fires, which on Sunday destroyed 118 homes in 21 towns and villages.

The Defense Ministry and Emergencies Ministry said they were sending aircraft to help fight the fires. The state RIA Novosti news agency, quoting an Emergencies Ministry official, reported that firefighters were hampered by a shortage of water since the reservoirs were still covered with ice.

Sunday, 12 April, 2015 at 14:35 (02:35 PM) UTC RSOE

Press Reports

Two people died and 70 were hurt as a wildfire in Siberia caused by the burning of dry grass threatened villages, Russian officials said Sunday.

“Over 70 people asked for medical help, and two people died” as a fire raged in the Khakassia region of southern Siberia, the regional government said.

The emergency ministry said that they are using a plane, three fire trains and over 5,000 people to control the fire, but that strong winds are making this impossible.

“Over 100 houses in 21 villages are on fire,” the ministry said.

Two people were reported dead although authorities said the toll was “preliminary” until the exact cause of their deaths could be determined.

They called on “residents of the region to battle the fire, which began because of residents themselves after uncontrolled grass burning,” the ministry said on its website.

Spring and autumn burning of dry grass regularly results in massive wildfires that often cause extensive damage to homes and human life.

Wildfires in Russia in 2010 killed at least 60 people, destroyed over 3,000 homes and left Moscow shrouded in smoke. In 2012, fire destroyed 10 million hectares of Siberian forest, according to environmental groups.” –

Four killed by wildfires in Russia’s Siberia: TASS

“(Reuters) – Four people have been killed by wildfires raging though the grasslands of Russia’s Khakassia republic in southern Siberia, the TASS news agency reported on Sunday.

More than 20 villages and towns have been damaged by the fires that have been burning for several days in dry and windy weather, the Emergency Ministry said. Seventy-three people have suffered burns or smoke inhalation.

Two planes and a helicopter have been deployed, along with more than 1,000 firefighters.

Environmental activists say the occurrence of grassland wildfires in Russia has increased in recent years for various reasons, including rising temperatures.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy) ” –

Russia: Helicopter carrying at least 9 (inc snr rescue service officials) and 1.9 tonnes of explosives crashes in Siberia – 060513 1855z

Russias Emergency Ministry confirms missing helicopter found destroyed in Irkutsk (Photo:

Fragments of the fuselage found in the Irkutsk region in the past hour may belong to the missing Mi-8 helicopter.
A source from “Angara” airline said that “Fragments that may belong to the missing helicopter had been discovered from an aircraft. We reported the discovery to all authorities. Hopefully, the Emergency Situations Ministry will assign search parties within minutes”.
Mi-8 Helicopter just gone missing in Irkutsk transported 2 tons of explosives.
The Mil Mi-8 helicopter assigned on a search mission in Russia’s Irkutsk region went missing itself with almost two tons of explosives and 10 people on board.
The helicopter belonged to the aircarrier “Angara” and was engaged in anti-flood works in the area.
Monday, 06 May, 2013 at 13:34 (01:34 PM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

Russian helicopter carrying nine crashes

(Photo: Mi-8 helicopter. (Archive)

“A Russian helicopter carrying nine people including senior rescue service officials as well as almost two tonnes of explosives has crashed in the Irkutsk region of southern Siberia, regional officials said.


“The remains of the missing helicopter were found … six kilometres from the village of Preobrazhenka,” the Irkutsk regional emergency situations ministry said in a statement.


“There were nine people on board,” it said, listing the region’s acting emergency situations chief, Stanislav Omelyanchik, among those missing along with five other rescue officials and three crew.


The helicopter took off from the nearest village Preobrazhenka and was bound for the Nizhnyaya Tunguska river when it stopped responding, the ministry said on its website on Monday.


The region’s deputy emergency minister Valentin Nelyubov told the RIA Novosti news agency that the helicopter was carrying 1.9 tonnes of explosives for breaking up ice blocking the river


The Preobrazhenka village had been in a state of emergency as water level rose almost nine metres after the ice blocked the water flow and 125 homes were flooded, the regional government said earlier.


The helicopter had flown out to take part in a flood rescue operation near the village in the north of the vast Irkutsk region, which is around 5,000 kilometres from Moscow.


The wreckage was discovered around 4 1/2 hours after the aircraft disappeared from the radar.


The multifunctional Russian-made Mi-8 helicopter is used by the military and by UN peacekeepers.


The crash took place a day after hunters located the wreckage of a small plane that crashed killing all 13 aboard in June last year, but had gone undiscovered for 11 months in an impassable bog in the Urals region.” –

Russias Emergency Ministry confirms missing helicopter found destroyed in Irkutsk

“Mi-8 helicopter that disappeared on Monday in the Irkutsk region is found destroyed, spokesman for the Russian Emergencies Ministry Irina Rossius confirmed to reporters, RIA Novosti reported.

“Mi-8 helicopter is detected in 7 kilometers from the Preobrazhenka settlement with signs of destruction,” she said. No official information has been reported yet on the fate of ten people on board the helicopter.

Meanwhile, a source in law enforcement agencies told RIA Novosti earlier that among those experts on board the helicopter was the Acting Head of the Regional Emergency Department Omelyanchik.” –


Severe Cold in Russia: 135 killed over the past two weeks, nearly 1,000 hospitalized – 271212 1115z

Abnormally low winter temperatures in Russia continue to claim more and more lives. Twenty-one people froze to death in only one day; 147 others were hospitalized with frostbite.

The cold weather in central Russia is not going to get any warmer soon.

On December 19, the cold has reached St. Petersburg, where temperatures fell below -20 degrees Centigrade.

It is 30 degrees below zero in the Ivanovo region, -22C in the Kaluga region, and -25 in Tver.

In Moscow, for example, the cold snap came on December 15 and will last until next Wednesday, forecasters say.

At the weekend, night temperatures will drop to 26 degrees below zero Centigrade.

“The idea that alcohol warms people up from within in freezing weather is wrong. Alcohol only can only mislead people and their defenses – it can make people feel that they are warm. Alcohol is harmful in cold weather. One needs normal hearty food and warm clothing to be safe,” Russia’s Chief Sanitary Doctor Gennady Onishchenko said.

Very cold weather has come to almost the entire territory of Russia last week.

Daytime temperatures vary from minus 17-20 in Moscow to minus 50 in Siberia.

As usual, the Russians were not prepared to sudden cold.

In Novosibirsk, people have to live in cold apartments.

Twelve apartment buildings on Nikitin Street were left without heating after a heat pipeline burst.

Ecology in Siberian cities worsens considerably because of low temperatures.

Many drivers do not shut off engines for the night to be able to use their cars in the morning. As a result, everything is shrouded in dense smog.

A state of emergency occurred in Bashkortostan last week.

A heat pipe burst in the center of the capital of Ufa.

As many as 155 facilities and more than 9,000 people found themselves in the disaster zone.
School classes were canceled. It took specialists nearly 24 hours to eliminate the consequences.

Another part of Ufa was left without electricity for nearly 8 hours.

Five districts were left without electricity and heat in the Altai region of Russia.

Nearly 8,500 people were left to the mercy of fate and extremely low temperatures.

In Makhachkala, the snowfall, which began on Saturday night and did not stop until Monday, paralyzed the work of public transport.

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012 at 11:48 (11:48 AM) UTC RSOE

Power and water

In the city of Samara, where temperatures drop to minus 27 degrees for the second week already, 152 homes were left without heat.

By lunchtime, temperatures in apartments dropped to +14 degrees Centigrade.

The town of Balashov, the Saratov region, with the population of 80,000 was left without water because of the cold snap.

Ice from the local river plugged water pipes, forcing divers to fix the problem.

People suffer from cold in the city of Saratov, where water pipes began to burst.

As many as 61 incidents were registered on the city’s water pipe system.

In 16 cases, water was flowing directly into the streets, turning roads into skating rinks.

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012 at 11:53 (11:53 AM) UTC RSOE

27 Dec 2012:


A deep freeze has claimed 135 lives in Russia over the past two weeks, the Health Ministry reports.

Eight people have frozen to death in the past 24 hours.

More than 2,000 people have suffered from frostbite this winter, nearly half of them were hospitalized, the ministry says.

Many regions suspended school classes and temporarily shut down kindergartens due to severe freezes.

Thursday, 27 December, 2012 at 10:50 UTC RSOE


“Ukrainian health officials say 37 people have died from the severe cold spell that hit the country this month. Temperatures have dropped as low as minus-17 C (2 F). The Health Ministry said Tuesday that 190 people have sought medical help for hypothermia” –  Huffington Post


Тяжелая холодная в России: 21 замерз, 147 госпитализированы, ночью температура упадет до минус 26С

Аномально низкое зимние температуры в России продолжают утверждать, все больше и больше жизней.

Двадцать один человек замерзли насмерть в один день; 147 других были госпитализированы с обморожением.

Холодная погода в центральной России не собираются получить любую теплее в ближайшее время.

19 декабря, холодный достигла Санкт-Петербурге, где температура опустилась ниже -20 градусов по Цельсию.

Он находится в 30 градусов ниже нуля в Ивановской области,-22С в Калужской области, и -25 в Твери.

В Москве, например, похолодание пришло на 15 декабря и продлится до следующей среды, синоптики говорят.

В выходные ночью температура упадет до 26 градусов ниже нуля по Цельсию.

“Идея, что алкоголь согревает людей изнутри на морозе не так Алкоголь только может только ввести в заблуждение людей и их защита -… Она может заставить людей чувствовать, что они теплые алкоголь вреден в холодную погоду Нужно нормальное обильная еда и теплая одежду, чтобы быть в безопасности “, Россия Главный санитарный врач Геннадий Онищенко.

Очень холодная погода пришла почти всю территорию России на прошлой неделе.

Дневная температура колеблется от минус 17-20 в Москве до минус 50 в Сибири.

Как обычно, русские не были готовы к внезапным холодным.

В Новосибирске, люди вынуждены жить в холодных квартирах.

Двенадцать жилых домов на улице Никитина остались без отопления после взрыва газопровода тепла.

Экология в сибирских городах значительно ухудшается из-за низких температурах.

Многие водители не выключать двигатели на ночь, чтобы быть в состоянии использовать свои машины по утрам. В результате, все окутано плотным смогом.

Чрезвычайное произошло в Башкирии на прошлой неделе.

Тепловые трубы ворвались в центре столицы Уфы.

Целых 155 объектов и более 9000 человек оказались в зоне бедствия.
Школьные классы были отменены. Он принял специалисты почти 24 часов, чтобы ликвидировать последствия.

Другая часть Уфа осталась без электричества в течение почти 8 часов.

Пять районов остались без электричества и тепла в Алтайском крае России.

Около 8500 человек были оставлены на произвол судьбы и экстремально низких температур.

В Махачкале снегопад, который начался в ночь на субботу и не останавливался до понедельника, парализована работа общественного транспорта.

“Украинские чиновники здравоохранения говорят, 37 человек умерли от тяжелых холодов, которые обрушились на страну в этом месяце. Температуры упали до минус-17 C (2 F). Министерство здравоохранения заявил во вторник, что 190 человек обратились за медицинской помощью для гипотермии »- Huffington Post

Питание и вода

В городе Самаре, где температура опускается до минус 27 градусов в течение второй недели уже, 152 домов остались без тепла.

К обеду температура в квартирах упала до +14 градусов Цельсия.

Город Балашов, Саратовская область, с населением в 80000 остались без воды из-за похолодания.

Лед из местных рек подключен водопровод, заставляя водолазов, чтобы решить проблему.

Люди страдают от холода в город Саратов, где водопроводные трубы начали лопаться.

Целых 61 случаев были зарегистрированы на Водопроводные трубы города.

В 16 случаях вода текла прямо на улицы, превращая дороги в катки.

Среду, 19 декабря 2012 в 11:53 (11:53 AM) UTC RSOE


“Українські чиновники охорони здоров’я кажуть, 37 осіб померли від важких холодів, які обрушилися на країну в цьому місяці. Температури впали до мінус-17 C (2 F). Міністерство охорони здоров’я заявив у вівторок, що 190 людей звернулися за медичною допомогою для гіпотермії »- Huffington Post


In Moscow it felt like 10 below – part of a week-long cold spell across Russia that has parts of Siberia feeling like 50 below.

Across Russia, the deep freeze killed at least 45 people over the last week, 21 on Tuesday alone, the English-language Moscow Times reported Wednesday.

Nearly 270 people were hospitalized, more than half with frostbite.

Russia’s emergency ministry urged everyone in Moscow to stay indoors on Wednesday, while forecasters said the cold could get worse over the weekend.

Siberia has been hardest hit, with cities like Novosibirsk dipping to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday.

With the wind chill, it felt like minus 47.

The temperatures have been abnormally low for Russia at this time of year.

Last week, the cold in Siberia nearly killed two circus elephants after their trailer caught fire.

A handler quickly devised a plan, buying two cases of vodka from a nearby village and serving it to the elephants — albeit diluted with warm water.

“After that they roared as if they were in the jungle. Apparently they were happy,” the unnamed handler was quoted as saying.

Thursday, 20 December, 2012 at 04:00 UTC RSOE


В Москве она почувствовала, как 10 ниже – часть недельного холода в России, которая имеет частях Сибири чувствуя, как 50 ниже.

По всей России глубокой заморозки погибли по меньшей мере 45 человек за последнюю неделю, 21 во вторник только на английском языке Moscow Times сообщила в среду.

Около 270 человек были госпитализированы, более половины с обморожением.

МЧС России по призвал всех в Москве, чтобы оставаться в помещении в среду, в то время как синоптики сказал, что холодная может ухудшиться в минувшие выходные.

Сибирь была наиболее пострадавших, с таких городов, как Новосибирск погружения до минус 20 градусов по Фаренгейту в среду.

С ветром холод, он чувствовал, что минус 47.

Температура была аномально низкой для России в это время года.

На прошлой неделе холода в Сибири чуть не убил двух слонов цирк после прицепом загорелся.

Обработчик быстро разработал план, покупка двух случаях водки из соседней деревни и обслуживающих его к слонам – хотя и развести теплой водой.

“После этого они ревели, как если бы они были в джунглях. Видимо, они были счастливы,” неназванный обработчик был процитирован.

Четверг, 20 Декабря 2012 в 04:00 UTC RSOE

27 декабря 2012:

Глубокой заморозки утверждал, 135 жизней в России за последние две недели, сообщает Министерство здравоохранения.
Восемь человек замерзли до смерти за последние 24 часов.

Более 2000 человек пострадали от обморожения этой зимой, почти половина из них были госпитализированы, сказано в сообщении.

Многие регионы приостановлена ​​школьных классов и временно закрыты детские сады из-за серьезных замерзает.

Четверг, 27 Декабре 2012 в 10:50 UTC RSOE

Russia: At least 8 parachutists die fighting forest wildfire – Published 7 June 2012

A day of mourning has been declared in Tuva on Thursday after eight paratroopers perished while working to extinguish a blaze covering 500 hectares of land in the Siberian republic.

Forest wildfire in Tuva, Russia
(Click photo for source)

Fourteen parachutists were dispatched Wednesday to put out the wildfire in the Bai-Taiginsky district of Tuva, the Siberian region on Russia’s southern border with Mongolia.

The troops became caught by a crown fire, one that burns the canopy of a forest, and only six were rescued.

The bodies of the other eight paratroopers were found during the rescue effort.

As of Thursday, there were 132 forest fires burning across Russia, covering an area of at least 2,900 hectares, according to the Federal Forestry Agency. In Tuva, there were 14 fires covering 873 hectares of forest.

Thursday, 07 June, 2012 at 11:04 (11:04 AM) UTC RSOE

According to ITAR-TASS verified information, fourteen men took part in the fire fighting operation. Six survived, seven were found dead, one is still missing. One of the six survivors is in serious condition with major burns

Russian plane crash in Siberia kills 31, injures 12 critically

Plane crash kills 31 in Russia’s Siberia 2012-04-02 17:53:28    

Backgrounder: Major air crashes in Russia in recent years

Backgrounder: Major air crashes since 2010

This TV grab shows the site of plane crash in Russia's Siberia region on April 2, 2012. At least 31 people were killed when a passenger plane crashed in Russia's Siberia region early Monday, emergency authorities said.(Xinhua)
This TV grab shows the site of plane crash in Russia’s Siberia region on April 2, 2012. At least 31 people were killed when a passenger plane crashed in Russia’s Siberia region early Monday, emergency authorities said.(Xinhua)

MOSCOW, April 2 (Xinhua) — A total of 31 out of 43 lives faded away when a passenger plane crashed in Russia’s Siberia region early Monday and the 12 injured remained in critical condition, emergency authorities said.

The aircraft, carrying 39 passengers and four crew members, went down at around 5:50 a.m. Moscow time (0150 GMT) shortly after it took off from the major Siberian city of Tyumen, about 2,100 km east of Moscow, toward Surgut.

Following the tragedy, rescuers rushed to the scene and transferred the wounded survivors to hospitals, but some of the critically injured were later pronounced dead. All passengers and crew members have been found.

According to a list of passengers and crew published by UTair Airlines, operator of the crashed plane, most of those aboard are from Russian cities of Tyumen and Surgut. There are no Chinese nationals among them and none appeared to be a foreigner.

Television footage showed survivors were pulled from the wreckage of the plane, which was destroyed into parts lying on a snowfield, and sent to hospitals by helicopter.

Search and rescue operation at the accident spot has been completed and an investigation into the reason behind the crash continues at the site.

Yuri Alekhin, head of the regional branch of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry, told reporters that they had found the aircraft’s two black boxes, which were in good condition.

He said the French-Italian-made ATR-72 aircraft disappeared from the radar and lost contact just three minutes after taking off.

According to a UTair source, the plane had attempted to make an emergency landing but failed. The plane burst into flame after the crash, and the fire was later extinguished.

Eyewitnesses said they noticed smoke coming from the aircraft’s twin engines as it plunged to the ground.

The cause of the crash is yet to be determined, but a terrorist act and bad weather conditions are ruled out.

According to investigative committee, investigators were studying possible mistakes by ground services among most likely reasons for the crash.

“Malfunction and pilot’s error are considered at the moment as priority

versions,” said Vladimir Markin, spokesman for the Russian Investigation Committee.

Deputy prosecutor in Tyumen Valentin Tarasov told local media that one person who was to have flown on board the aircraft arrived late for the flight, which saved his life.

Hot-wire telephone lines were established to offer information about the accident and psychological consultation.

Due to the crash, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev put off a planned meeting with leaders of unregistered political parties and called on local officials to spare no effort to save the injured.

Earlier reports from the Itar-Tass news agency said that there were 39 passengers and two crew members on board and that all of them were killed.

ATR-72 is a passenger twin-engine turboprop medium-haul airliner, which is designed for the transportation of 74 passengers at medium distances and steered by two pilots.

This TV grab shows the site of plane crash in Russia's Siberia region on April 2, 2012. At least 31 people were killed when a passenger plane crashed in Russia's Siberia region early Monday, emergency authorities said. (Xinhua)
This TV grab shows the site of plane crash in Russia’s Siberia region on April 2, 2012. At least 31 people were killed when a passenger plane crashed in Russia’s Siberia region early Monday, emergency authorities said. (Xinhua)

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