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Russia is facing “a permanent threat of natural, technogenic and military threats”
Russia is facing “a permanent threat of natural, technogenic and military threats,” and the population and territories are “insufficiently protected” from them at present. This conclusion is made in materials of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations provided for the government’s meeting on Thursday. Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu is expected to tale the floor at the meeting with a report on the results of the ministry activities last year and plans of work for the current year. The government press service told that it is pointed out in the document that the level of social risk, i.e., the frequency of appearance of emergency situations that affect the people ”Is 10 to 100 times higher in Russia than in other industrially develop countries.” Over the past few years “the economic damage from natural and technogenic emergencies has been worth from three to five percent of the country’s GDP on average.” Besides, it is said in the report that “the probability of risks is high for the national security as a whole” as a result of various armed conflicts. “Thus, the formation of zones of radioactive contamination at an area of up to 28,000 square kilometres, chemical contamination – up to 22,000 square kilometres, catastrophic flooding at an area of up to 80,000 square kilometres and total fires – at an area of up to 102,000 square kilometres is possible as a result of secondary impact from the destruction of vitally important chemical, radioactive and hydrodynamic facilities,” the report says.
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