MINSK, 12 April (BelTA) – The situation with floods is under control in Belarus, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Anatoly Kalinin said at a meeting presided by President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 12 April, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Belarusian head of state.
Anatoly Kalinin reported that despite the rising water level in some rivers, the hydrological situation is under control in Belarus; the major life necessities are still available in waterfront communities. Central and local authorities have properly prepared for the 2013 spring freshet.
The emphasis is made on targeted and detailed protective measures. Special record cards spelling out the necessary information were distributed among all waterfront settlements.
According to the Vice Premier, the construction of dams is the most effective method to protect settlements from floods. Since 1999, some 465 kilometers of dams have been built, of them 22 kilometers were built last year. The construction of such facilities will continue this year.
Cooperation has been established with the relevant authorities in the neighboring counties to keep each other up to date on the flood situation.
Anatoly Kalinin believes that in the future Belarus should take steps to upgrade the emergencies services in order to enhance their capabilities to respond to extraordinary situations. It is also necessary to improve the capacity of the weather forecast service.
Emergencies Minister Vladimir Vashchenko reported on the readiness to provide equipment and personnel. However, he noted that sometimes people call the emergencies services for minor issues which can and should be addressed by citizens themselves.
Governors of Brest Oblast and Gomel Oblast Konstantin Sumar and Vladimir Dvornik stated that they do not expect big problems even in the most flood-prone areas of Polesie this year. The water level is expected to go down soon.