The authorities of the Orenburg region introduced a regional emergency regime due to flooding

The authorities of the Orenburg region introduced a regional emergency regime due to flooding


The April warming led to a sharp rise in water levels in the Orenburg region. In the territory of 20 municipalities in the region, more than 550 residential buildings and more than 2,700 household plots were flooded. The regional authorities have declared a state of emergency and admit that such a level of discharge from the Iriklinsky reservoir “has never happened in history.” They warn that the flood is expected to peak in the coming days.

The first reports of flooding in the Orenburg region appeared at the end of March. Then, due to the elements, several low-water bridges were closed. On Saturday, March 30, in the region introduced high alert mode. And in early April, the flood situation began to deteriorate sharply. The water level is rising sharply in the Urals and some of its tributaries, and in the west of the region – in the Samara River, a tributary of the Volga. The hardest hit areas were those administratively belonging to the two largest cities in the region – Orenburg and Orsk.

The village of Urpiya in Orsk was left without power supply on April 2 due to flooding. Power supply was restored the next day. A particularly difficult situation arose in the village of Krasnokholm (administratively part of Orenburg). State of emergency there introduced April 3 due to the overflow of the Chernaya River and flooding of part of the village. Similar measures accepted and in the Akbulak region, where the water level in the Ilek River has reached critical levels.

In the Orenburg village of Southern Ural, a local cemetery was flooded. The regional Ministry of Architecture responded to the situation. “At public hearings on the draft master plan for Orenburg, the designer and representatives of the ministry pointed out a violation of the standards for the placement of existing cemeteries in the villages of South Ural, Vesenniy and Ivanovka. The situation today confirms the need for competent specialists to work on issues of territorial planning of municipalities,” noted in the department.

On Thursday the authorities introduced throughout the region there is a regional emergency situation.

Head of Orsk Vasily Kozupitsa reportedthat on the night of April 4, the discharge from the Iriklinsky reservoir on the Ural River increased from 890 to 1672 cubic meters per second.

According to the mayor, such a level of discharge has never happened in history. The remote urban villages of Novokazachiy, Maly Kumak, Pervomaisky, Dzhanatalap and Mostostroy may be the first to be flooded. Some of them already evacuate residents without waiting for high water.

The administration of the Sorochinsky urban district reported that the Sorochinsky reservoir switched to releasing water in a volume of 500 cubic meters per second. The actual influx of water into the Samara River is twice as high – 1152.4 cubic meters per second. The administration of the Totsky district noted that “a lot of fake information is currently being spread on social networks regarding the situation at the Sorochinsky reservoir, shutdowns of water and electricity supplies.”

Those affected in the emergency zone will be paid compensation from the region’s reserve fund. According to the government of the Orenburg region, about 1.5 thousand residents, including 381 children, were evacuated from the flood zone. For people affected by the disaster helped Governor Denis Pasler, touring the areas where the flood is most active. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov statedthat the Kremlin has a very positive attitude towards the participation of the governor of the Orenburg region in saving people from the consequences of the flood.

Strong floods in the Orenburg region were caused by warm weather. According to the Privolzhsky UGMS, on the territory of the Orenburg region it is formed by an anticyclone. A difficult flood situation arose in several neighboring regions, including the Samara and Chelyabinsk regions, as well as Tatarstan. Authorities of the Samara region introduced April 3 high alert. In the Bolsheglunitsky district of the region introduced emergency mode.

Andrey Sazonov, Samara


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