Military help residents cope with the Mordovia spring floods

Defense Ministry will assist the authorities in the organization of Mordovia and blasting operations to remove congestion and water during spring floods, told reporters on Thursday the representative office.

"Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu decided to provide assistance to municipal authorities of the Republic of Mordovia in the organization and blasting operations in order to eliminate congestion on the rivers and lakes of the region during the expected heavy spring flooding," — he said.

The representative of the Ministry of Defense said that their request addressed to the head of the region Shoigu Vladimir Volkov. He recalled that last year, flooding rivers and reservoirs has led to flooding of 46 settlements — all were affected almost 4.2 thousand houses with a population of over 10.7 thousand.

At the beginning of May last year, it was reported that Mordovia can receive up to 620 million rubles from the federal budget for the financial assistance to the victims of the spring floods of 2012. Mordovia has been recognized as the most affected by the river flooding the region — reported that in the flood zone in spring 2012 were 89 settlements.

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