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Russian emergencies minister says main task is to prevent deaths in Far Eastern floods

© Khabarovsk Territory Branch of Russia's Emergencies Ministry/TASS. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

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KHABAROVSk, Aug 14, 2019, TASS. The main task is to prevent people from dying in floods in the Far East, Russian Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev said on Tuesday, reported the TASS.

“The main task is to prevent the death of people [in floods]. I think this is the most important thing,” Zinichev said.

He noted that preparations for floods are underway in Russia’s Far Eastern Khabarovsk region. “It is a unique situation that we have been preparing for this for a month. This is not like the situation in Irkutsk region, when floods were fast and unexpected. We had a month to take all necessary preventive measures. And we should be confident that we have done enough,” he added.

A state of emergency over floods was declared in Khabarovsk region on July 29. According to local authorities, floods affected eight settlements in four municipalities. Over 5,100 people are involved in disaster relieg efforts.

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