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Meeting on emergency relief in the Far East

Mikhail Mishustin: Good afternoon, colleagues. Good morning to all those who have joined us from Moscow and other regions.

We are holding this meeting on the President’s instruction. We will talk about our actions in emergencies and efforts to counter fires and floods. This year, they have taken place in many parts of the world. We are seeing this and hearing about them in the news. It is possible to predict natural disasters but not to avoid them. That said, it is very important to protect people.

It is calm now on Sakhalin Island, albeit such problems are not rare in the Far East. Therefore, we decided not to delay our discussion and to hold a meeting at the first opportunity.

Meeting on emergency relief in the Far East

Natural disasters do significant economic damage. Literally, last week, on 23 July, a branch of the Trans-Siberian Railway was washed out and a bridge destroyed in the Trans-Baikal area.

Over two weeks ago, there were serious floods in four regions of the Far East – the Trans-Baikal Territory, the Khabarovsk Territory, the Amur Region and the Jewish Autonomous Region. They affected dozens of residential areas and hundreds of houses, many of which had garden plots. Regrettably, thousands of people have been identified as those affected. About 800 km of transport infrastructure, bridges and roads were disrupted. Over 40,000 hectares of farmland sustained heavy damage.

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