Krasnodar, 7 February – Yug Times. Ivan Lunev, Acting Head of the regional Central Directorate of Russian Ministry of Emergency Situation, reviews the results of the previous year.
Q.: What was the 2018 year like for your institution? How would you assess the work of the regional Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for their work last year, and why?
A.: In 2018, the operational situation stayed at the level of 2017, and statistics proves this fact. It means that the Central Directorate of Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Krasnodar region has deserved a positive grade. I would like to especially emphasise the fact that the reaction of our forces and facilities to the emergency situations and socially remarkable incidents, as usual, was prompt and deserved.
Q.: The Krasnodar region is a popular tourist destination. At the same time, we, as local residents, are well aware of the fickleness of the Kuban weather. It often brings unpleasant surprises. Can you say what is the share of naturally caused emergency situations versus technogenic ones in your work?
A.: The unique geographical location of the Krasnodar region and a high technogenic load have created the prerequisites for the formation of a broad spectrum of risks of natural and technogenic character. The main cause for the former is the instability of synoptic processes, while the latter may appear due to the growing urbanisation of the territories, especially in the areas exposed to inundations, landslides, mudflows, etc. Analysing yearly statistics of emergency situations, one may conclude that during the last six years the number of technogenic emergencies has by 70% exceeded the number of natural emergencies.
On the other hand, natural disasters may have larger consequences. It is enough to recall the emergency situation in the Krymsk district in 2012, or in the Tuapse and Apsheronsk districts and Sochi in 2018 - the both resulted from a complex of unfavourable meteorological phenomena.
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