The order makes it top government priority to carry out disaster relief measures as rapidly as possible following the heavy flooding in Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Primorye and Khabarovsk territories, Amur and Magadan regions and the Jewish Autonomous Region. This includes repairing damaged homes and building new housing, rebuilding social, engineering and transport infrastructure and restoring housing and utilities services.
The Government must set up a government flood relief commission by September 4, 2013, and by September 10 must decide on federal budget compensation payments to flood victims and allocating funds for rescue work and organising temporary shelter and food for people evacuated from their homes.
The instructions to the Government concern resettlement of residents, complete overhaul and repair of damage homes, construction of new housing, coal supplies for flood-affected areas, everyday basic necessities, food, feed for farm animals, and construction materials.
The Government and the local authorities have been instructed to rebuild roads and bridges as rapidly as possible, restore power supplies and housing and utilities services, and organise the needed stocks of material and technical resources. There are also instructions on health measures, epidemiological and veterinary safety measures to be taken in the flooded areas, instructions on organising study and rest for children from the flood-hit areas, and various types of subsidies and payments.
The relevant instructions and recommendations have been issued to the regional authorities in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Primorye and Khabarovsk territories, Amur and Magadan regions and the Jewish Autonomous Region.
The Government has until January 1, 2015, to conduct scientific studies of the extreme flooding in the Amur, Zeya, Bureya and Ussuri River basins, together with the Russian Academy of Sciences, to ascertain the impact climate change is having on rivers’ hydrological patterns and draw up new regulations for ensuring the safety of hydro-technical installations and the surrounding areas.
The Investigative Committee has until September 24, 2013, to investigate officials’ compliance with the law in a situation of severe flooding, including officials responsible for operation of hydro-technical installations.