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How Transbaikalia is sinking

The emergency regime was introduced in eight districts of the Trans-Baikal Territory due to floods. EastRussia tells what is behind the emergency services message.

“The bridges were demolished at about half past eleven at night. Sharp. The road was blocked, there were cars, - says the head of the rural village of Zhidka, Baleisky district, Tatyana Gagarkina, about what happened in the village of Kolobovo. He looks at the correspondent and sometimes at the camera, his voice seems to be confident, but then he shudders, - KamAZ approached from the other side, we were signaling him and headlights in all sorts of different ways: "You stop already." Because the bridge has already collapsed and there is still a little bit left. At the time when we approached and began to say that the passage was impossible, a collapse occurred. They were running away from him, from the bridge, it was scary, ”Gagarkina told the television journalists who had arrived in Kolobovo.

How Transbaikalia is sinking
Photo: Press Service of the Government of the Trans-Baikal Territory

Zhidkinskoe turned out to be cut off from the world by the water that had risen some days after the start of the rains, and those who arrived in Kolobovo had no choice but to stay here until the water disappeared. The journalists of the regional TV company also found themselves here, and they relayed the words of Tatiana Gagarkina.

Communication in Zhidka was lost on the morning of June 18, not only cellular, but also stationary. Here they only managed to find out that the situation was approximately the same - in Ust-Yagya, where before the safe and calm river Yagya flooded the streets and houses at five o'clock.

All the power in the east of the Trans-Baikal Territory was suddenly seized by the elements. Collapsed bridges, washed-out roads ... Streams of water cut off settlements from communication with the outside world. Official reports say "flooding", local residents shout: "Flood!" and try to escape in boats.

The hardest thing on the first day was in Gazimuro-Zavodskoy district. From Chita there on dry roads about 5-6 hours drive. Then it became just as difficult in the Nerchinsko-Zavodskoy and Shelopuginsky districts. Cattle and birds drowned in the farmsteads, the inhabitants fled by taking passports, icons and the most necessary things from their homes.

Then the electricity and communications went out. It has not been restored until now, including because there is nowhere to charge dead phones. Relatives are trying to find out about the fate of loved ones who were held hostage by the flood through social networks and by the numbers of the uniform dispatching services. It does not always work: by the evening of June 18, people in the accounts of the heads of districts and news agencies began to write that they were not being told anything and were just hanging up.


June 19 evening

For two days from June 16 to June 18 in the regions of the Trans-Baikal Territory, according to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, up to 80 millimeters of precipitation fell. In ten settlements of Gazimuro-Zavodsky, Nerchinsko-Zavodsky, Shelopuginsky, Baleisky, Aleksandrovo-Zavodskoy and Nerchinsky districts, water entered 282 houses and flooded 417 household plots. She also destroyed 7 wooden bridges and partially flooded 10 road sections with a total length of more than six kilometers.

It is no longer possible to drive to the majority of settlements in distress; everything you need can be thrown there only by helicopter. Also - to provide assistance.

A Mi-8 helicopter of the Krasnoyarsk Complex Aviation Rescue Center of the EMERCOM of Russia was sent to the areas of flooding and inundation. Airmobile groups operate in Shelopuginsky, Baleisky and Sretensky districts.

A grouping of forces and means of the fire and rescue squad №1 and the state inspection for small vessels have been sent to Gazimuro-Zavodskoy district.

“Depending on the prevailing situation, a redeployment is carried out, that is, inter-district maneuvering of forces and means of the main department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Trans-Baikal Territory. If necessary, the population is evacuated to temporary accommodation centers. At the moment, 270 people have been evacuated, 47 of them are accommodated with their relatives, ”the regional department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia said in a statement.

What to expect?

Before the cyclone arrived in the region, meteorologists warned that in the east of the region the strongest rains will fall on June 17-18, in the following days until the 20th, precipitation will be moderate. According to them, in the next two days, water will arrive on some rivers of the eastern half of the region, and the depth of flooding of the floodplains will increase. On June 19, growth ranged from 2 to 76 centimeters. The strongest rise was observed on the Chara rivers near the Chara village, Mogocha near the town of the same name, on the Argun, Shilka, Olekma and Amur rivers. Floodplains on some rivers were flooded by 249 centimeters.

The ascent in the next day will not stop at Shilka near the village of Ust-Karsk, Kuenga near the village of Ukurei, Chernyshevsky district, the Unda river in the village of Novoivanovsk, Baleisky district, Bugarikhta near the village of Tupik, Tungiro-Olekminsky district, water is expected to come out to the floodplain.

What will happen to the victims?

“The main thing is that there are no victims among the population,” said Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Gurulev.

Of the 217 people currently in temporary accommodation, 66 are children.

“Temporary accommodation points have now been deployed in Gazimurskiy Zavod, Shelopugino, Baleya. Here residents are provided with food and everything they need. Now the first and most important thing is to submit lists for the payment of a lump sum of 10 thousand rubles each. The resolution on the introduction of the emergency regime has been signed (the regime has been introduced in seven districts - ed.), The procedure for bringing payments has been determined. The lists must be coordinated with the police and the Ministry of Emergency Situations, payments to people should be brought to the attention instantly. By Monday morning, there should already be a list of victims, ”Gurulev said.

 The most difficult situation by the evening of June 19 remains in the Baleisky, Gazimuro-Zavodsky and Shelopuginsky districts.

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