The President instructed to “work through the issue” of restructuring loans taken from banks by residents of regions affected by forest fires, as well as to resolve issues of compensation payments
President Vladimir Putin instructed the heads of regions affected by natural fires , assess damage to residential buildings and infrastructure facilities, as well as pay material compensations to citizens. This is stated in the presidential decree published on the Kremlin website.
The instruction was given to the highest officials of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, as well as the Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Omsk and Kurgan regions.
Until July 1, the authorities of the regions must provide the victims of the fires by the payment of one -time financial assistance, financial assistance & laquo; due to partial or complete loss of first necessity & raquo;, to pay compensation to citizens who were physically injured in fires and those who lost their members in a fire families.
Until October 1, the regions must also assess the damage to the infrastructure of the regions and send a request to the federal authorities for damages from the federal budget. In addition, before this deadline, the authorities must assess the damage caused by fires to personal subsidiary plots of citizens and garden plots, and make a decision on compensation for this damage.
The government must ensure, together with the regions, the implementation of “social support» for those citizens whose houses were lost or damaged due to fires, and report on the results of work by December 1, 2022.
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In addition, the president instructed the government and the Central Bank to “work through the issue” on the restructuring of loans taken from banks by residents of these regions. Insurance companies, in turn, should speed up the payment of funds under insurance contracts by reducing the list of required documents and simplifying the procedures for their submission.
Separately, Putin instructed the Ministry of Energy to check the technical condition of power grid facilities in the regions by August 1 and plan their modernization, if necessary.
This year, forest fires have already caused “significant material damage,” Putin said at the beginning May. Acting head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Alexander Chupriyan, speaking at the same meeting with the president, specified that forest fires destroyed almost 1.3 thousand buildings in the Kurgan region, the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Kemerovo, Irkutsk, Omsk and Novosibirsk regions.
According to Avialesohrany, as of June 20, there were 60 forest fires in Russia on the area covered by fire, 45,749 hectares. Works on active fire extinguishing were carried out in Yakutia, Irkutsk, Amur and Tyumen regions, in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Krasnoyarsk, Kamchatka and Khabarovsk territories and in other regions. 1,634 people, 106 pieces of equipment, 32 aircraft took part in fire fighting in all regions. Aviation monitoring of the forest fire situation was carried out by 74 aircraft. In addition, 10 more fires were active, on the area covered by the fire of 36297 hectares, the work on extinguishing which was stopped by the decision of the regional commissions.
In 2022, approximately 16% more forest fires were detected in Russia than in the past year, said the head of Rosleskhoz Ivan Sovetnikov. At the same time, according to him, the areas covered by fire are comparable with the indicators of last year— about 600 thousand hectares. This suggests that fires began to be detected and eliminated more quickly, the head of Rosleskhoz believes. “About 90% of forest fires are liquidated in the first day from the moment of detection”, — Sovetnikov said. At the same time, in Siberia, according to him, the number of fires has doubled since the beginning of 2022, to 2.5 thousand. The increase in the number of fires is caused by human actions and agricultural grass burning. The situation is also aggravated by unfavorable weather conditions, in particular winds, hot and dry weather, and lack of precipitation.
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