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Askar Mamin holds a meeting of Interdepartmental State Commission on Preparing for upcoming flood season

06 February 2019, 19:06

First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin chaired a meeting of the Interdepartmental State Commission on Emergency Prevention and Response on preparedness for the upcoming flood season.

The meeting was attended by members of the Commission, heads of state bodies. In the mode of videoconferencing — deputy akims of regions, cities of republican significance, heads of departments for emergency situations.

The Minister of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan Kalmukhanbet Kassymov informed on the implementation of the Roadmap “Complex of Measures for the Prevention and Elimination of Flood Threats for 2017-2020.” Over the past two years, 174 protective dams have been built and fortified, 119 hydraulic structures, and 64 bridges have been repaired with an increase in their carrying capacity. In general, the roadmap provides for the implementation of more than 600 events. A roadmap for the phased material and technical equipment of the Emergency Departments for 2018–2020 has been developed.

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Yuri Ilyin reported on the readiness of the authorities, forces and means of the State system of civil protection for the flood hazard period. According to Ilyin, constant monitoring of the implementation of the Road Map activities by the central and local executive bodies is carried out. The Action Plans for emergency response of global and regional scale has been approved. According to the experience of previous floods, rescue units are being formed in dangerous areas.

At the same time, out of 198 events of the roadmap, implementation of 153 was completed. Activities in Zhambyl, Turkestan, Kyzylorda, Almaty, Karaganda, Pavlodar, Aktobe regions have not been implemented.

The Deputy Prosecutor General Andrey Lukin, vice ministers of energy Sabit Nurlybay, Yerlan Nysanbayev, industry and infrastructure development Kairbek Uskenbayev also addressed the meeting participants. They reported on the preparation for the flood period, the technical readiness of reservoirs for receiving flood waters, the road network for floods, measures to prevent flooding of roads and railways.

Deputy akims of Almaty, East Kazakhstan, Karaganda, Kyzylorda, Pavlodar and Turkestan regions were also heard about readiness for the flood period.

“A number of roadmap events for flood warning in the regions have not been implemented,” said the First Deputy Prime Minister.

He noted that the failure to implement the roadmap measures may carry with it an emergency threat in the regions.

“The presence of abandoned hydraulic structures, reservoirs led to emergency situations, as happened in the Karaganda region. The flood season will begin soon. Responsible state agencies should take special control over the issue of transferring communal property to ownerless structures in each region,” said Mamin.

According to Nysanbayev, out of the 49 abandoned buildings identified in 2018, 21 are registered, and for the remaining 28, their condition is monitored, and they will also be registered in 2019.

Mamin instructed all interested state bodies, taking into account the forecast for the upcoming spring period and risk analysis, to take all necessary measures to prevent floods, to maximize the protection of the population and infrastructure from flood threats.

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