THE STRUGGLE AGAINST THE LARGE-SCALE FIRES IN LUHANSK OBLAST CONTINUES
The situation in Luhansk oblast due to fires remains difficult.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, as of 8 there has been preliminary information received on 6 deaths, and 9 injured who were taken to medical institutions. The fire destroyed more than 80 country houses and about 30 residential buildings in Smolianynove village of Novoaidar district.
According to the NP in Luhansk oblast, on July 6, 2020, 10 cases of forest fires were registered in the region near Sievierodonetsk and in Novoaidar district. The total area of inflammation is 120 hectares; the fire damaged about 60 hectares.
In particular, in Voronove urban settlement of Sievierodonetsk city the area of inflammation was 100 hectares (crown fire); also inflammation occurred near the settlements Smolianynove, Kapitanove, Rayhorodka, Tsarivka of Novoaidar district.
In the liquidation of fires 83 units of equipment and almost 370 persons from rescue unit were involved. By morning of July 7, the aforementioned fires have been localized.
However on July 7 due to a gusty wind and high temperature (38 C) in the afternoon there were more forest fires (crown) which have spread through the forest to the residential sector of the villages Vovche and Smolianynove of Novoaidar district. At present time, evacuation of residents of these settlements has been carried out.
As of 7.30 pm on July 7, according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, 386 persons and 90 units of equipment were involved in firefighting, including 335 persons and 71 units of equipment from the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.
In addition, 37 tank trucks and 220 persons from the State Emergency Service follow from Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Poltava oblasts.
According to Luhansk Civil-Military Administration, on July 6, Luhansk oblast could attract a specialized aircraft from Kharkiv State Emergency Service unit to fight fire, but the occupation administration controlled by Russia in the temporarily occupied areas of Luhansk oblast has not provided security guarantees.
The Command of JFO reported that about 400 servicemen and 30 units of equipment were involved in fire suppression. The units that are in reserve and disengagement areas are involved. Rear units and military fire brigades also participate.
Moreover, medical and nursing brigades (ambulance) were also involved in providing emergency and first medical aid. More than 15 crews of ambulances and 8 Mi-8 helicopters are working to evacuate victims.
“Tomorrow, at the meeting of the Government, the issue will certainly be raised on allocation of funds and provision of all necessary assistance to eliminate fires and their impact. The Ministry for Reintegration will address the international humanitarian organizations and partners for assistance. Luhansk oblast will by no means be left alone with this misfortune,” said Oleksii Reznikov, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine.
Photo credit: Office of the President of Ukraine, State Emergency Service of Ukraine