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The Emergency Situations Ministry predicts higher seismic risks in the Far East and the North Caucasus next year
The Emergency Situations Ministry predicts higher seismic risks in the Far East and the North Caucasus next year, the ministry’s chief, Sergei Shoigu told the State Duma on Wednesday. The lower house of parliament discussed ways of preventing and easing the effects of emergencies. Shoigu said the Emergency Situations Ministry systematically monitored the seismological situation in Russia. Many emergencies, he said, were a result of man-made factors. “There are over 1,300 abandoned facilities that pose a major threat to the security of the population,” Shoigu said. “Ten percent of emergencies are a result of technogenic disasters.” Direct damages caused by emergencies is estimated at 100 billion rubles a year, and indirect ones, at 500 billion rubles. “At the same time the number of emergencies has been reducing slowly but surely,” Shoigu said. “To a great extent this is an achievement of crisis management centers.”
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