MOE expects to increase the number of emergencies during spring floods

 MES predicts an increase of emergency on the territory of Russia during the spring flood in 2013 compared to last year.

In recent years, the number of natural hazards and major technological disasters is growing. Disaster risks arising from global climate change, and economic activity are a significant threat to the population and the economy.

According to MOE, in areas of possible impact of the damaging factors in accidents at critical and potentially dangerous objects are more than 90 million Russians, or 60% of the population.

The annual economic cost (direct and indirect) from emergencies of various kinds can reach 1.5-2% of gross domestic product — from 675 to 900 billion rubles.

"The number of emergencies related to the passage of the flood is projected higher in 2012," — said in a forecast of the Centre "Antistikhia" in 2013.

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