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Government reviews preparations for the flood season


During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, the Ministers of Internal Affairs K. Kassymov, Energy – K. Bozumbayev, Investments and Development K. Kassymbek, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Y. Nyssanbayev, and regional Akims reported on the state of preparedness for the 2018 flood season.

According to Minister of Internal Affairs Kalmukhanbet Kassymov, the main forecast of the water content of rivers in the flood period will be prepared by Kazhydromet weekly starting from March 1, with updates every three days. Engineering protection of settlements is carried out in accordance with the roadmap A set of measures for the prevention and elimination of flood hazards for 2017-2020.

204 actions were carried out before the end of last year.

108 defensive dams were built and reinforced, 71 hydraulic structures, 8 bridges, 12 highways were repaired. In total, 12.56 billion tenge was spent on establishing engineering protection, including 6.16 billion tenge from the National budget, – Kalmukhanbet Kassymov reported.

Reserves in the amount of 8.4 thousand tonnes of fuels, 123 thousand tonnes of inert materials, 759 thousand bags and 6.5 tonnes of explosives were prepared for the flood period of 2018. Snow is removed from settlements, with local executive bodies having already removed 3.8 million m3.

Akimats allocated 24.7 billion tenge for extraordinary reserves and reserves for urgent expenses.

There are 1665 hydraulic structures on the territory of Kazakhstan in total. Of the total number of hydraulic structures, only 72 are equipped with local warning systems.

In order to promptly respond to possible complications during the flood period in the spring of 2018, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has formed a group of forces and assets totaling more than 14 thousand people and more than 2 thousand units of equipment. The National Guard is preparing to deploy three camps for the affected population with a capacity of 1000 people each. The helicopters of Kazaviaspas are on high alert.

The public warning system is fully operational and includes the use of electric sirens, interception of television and radio broadcasting, SMS messages, the use of operational vehicles of the Ministry of Internal Affairs equipped with loud-speaking devices.

Several actions have been taken to prepare for the evacuation of population from areas of possible flooding: areas for receiving the evacuated population have been designated, evacuation routes were updated, and the necessary transport was allocated.

In the first ten days of March, the national command and staff exercise “Koktem-2018” headquartered in Ust-Kamenogorsk will be held to test the preparedness of the State Civil Protection System.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture Yerlan Nyssanbayev reported on the work on the conservation, accumulation and distribution of flood waters.

Schedules have been developed and coordinated with regional Akimats for each reserve in accordance to the capacity of reserves and expected intake. The Water Resources Committee has set up a flood control commission for the flood season of 2018. Similar commissions have been established in the RSE Kazvodhoz and its branches.

The operation of reservoirs is monitored daily, 24-hour watchdogs have been set up at all the national facilities. In hazardous areas, necessary stocks of construction and other inert materials have been prepared to prevent breakthrough, appropriate machinery and mechanisms have been prepared as well.

109 priority projects are planned to be implemented as part of the “Flood Waters Accumulation Plan, including with a capacity of over 10 million m3 at the expense of the National budget – 30 projects, and with a capacity of less than 10 million m3 from local budgets- 79 projects.

In pursuance of the instructions of the Head of State with regards to the construction of the Buzuluk and Kenbidaik reservoirs in Akmola region, the Ministry of Agriculture has developed investment proposals, which received a positive assessment from the Ministry of National Economy on October 2, 2017. The estimated cost of the construction of reservoirs is 13.6 billion tenge. The Ministry of Agriculture is working on allocating financial resources for the development of a feasibility study for the two above-mentioned projects in 2018, � the Deputy Minister of Agriculture summed up.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan