$290mn required to restore Irkutsk region after flood

$290mn required to restore Irkutsk region after flood
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Approximately 8.5 billion rubles ($133mln) will be spent on the social and engineering infrastructure, providing the victims with housing will cost another 10 billion rubles ($157mln).

Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the restoration of infrastructure and housing after the flood in the Irkutsk region will require about 18.5 billion rubles ($290mln).

According to his estimates, approximately 8.5 billion rubles ($133mln) will go to the social and engineering infrastructure, providing housing to the victims will cost another 10 billion rubles ($157mln). In total, according to first estimates, 3.5 thousand families lost their homes. These figures were announced by the Deputy Prime Minister on the basis of a meeting of the government commission on the elimination of the consequences of flooding in the Irkutsk region, Interfax reports.

By July 9, the authorities will decide on the provision of housing for the victims: build new houses or carry out major repairs. People will receive housing certificates, which will also allow, if they wish, to move to another area of   the region.

Mutko promised that the housing built from scratch would be “not below the social norm” in size. The construction will take place outside the flood zone.

Earlier, the regional governor Sergei Levchenko said that the material damage from the flood amounted to 29 billion rubles ($454,5mln). As a result of the flood of the rivers, 103 settlements were damaged by a massive flood in the Irkutsk Region. Nizhneudinsky, Taishetsky, Tulunsky, Chunsky, Ziminsky and Kuytun districts were in the disaster zone. The cities of Tulun and Nizhneudinsk suffered the most.

It is known about 22 dead. The president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin declared flooding in the Irkutsk region as an emergency situation of the federal scale.

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