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Aisen Nikolaev asked Putin for additional equipment for extinguishing fires
The head of Yakutia asked the President for help in supplying additional equipment to fight forest fires. In addition, he proposed to increase funding for forest protection.
At a meeting with members of the government, which Vladimir Putin chaired by videoconference, fires in Yakutia were among the first to be discussed. Now in the region there are 208 centers on an area of more than 676 thousand hectares. The fire is located in a five-kilometer zone from seven settlements. Since the beginning of the fires, 107 cities and villages with a population of over 490 thousand people have entered the smoke zone.
In addition to additional ground equipment, Aisen Nikolaev asked the President to leave the Avialesoohrana sounding plane with the Cyclone installation in Yakutia for August. cause artificial rain. In addition to this aircraft, 13 aircraft from the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Defense are currently operating in the region - this is the largest air group that has gathered to fight forest fires in recent years.
An abnormally difficult situation with fires in the Republic has developed due to the unprecedentedly hot and dry weather. June 2021 was the hottest and driest in the history of meteorological observations. At temperatures of 35-40 degrees, less than two millimeters of precipitation fell at a rate of 37 millimeters. At the same time, for the protection of forests, Yakutia received funding according to the old methodology of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation at the rate of 6 rubles 10 kopecks per hectare, although on average in the Far East this figure is 28 rubles 80 kopecks, and the national average is 199 rubles. As Aisen Nikolaev noted, changes have already been made to the methodology and now the Republic will receive more money for these purposes.