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from 13.01.2016

Andrei Kobyakov held a meeting of the emergencies commission under the Council of Ministers

Thanks to the measures to clean up the damage caused by Cyclone Daniella the situation is fully under our control now, Belarus’ Premier Andrei Kobyakov said at a meeting of the emergencies commission under the Council of Ministers on 13 January.

“Heavy snowfalls that Cyclone Daniella brought to the country on 11-12 January required certain adjustments in the work of municipal and emergency services. The blizzard caused power cuts and public transport delays. However, according to the recent information, the taken measures kept the situation under control,” the PM stressed.

Andrei Kobyakov recalled that the cyclone left more than 1,300 settlements and over 300 agricultural buildings without electricity. “Timely decisions were taken to transfer 35 patients from community hospitals to central district ones, namely Osipovichy and Starye Dorogi hospitals,” he said.

"The work to clean roads and restore electricity supply was hampered by large amounts of snow and great damage to transmission lines. The most complex situation with electricity was in Minsk and Mogilev Oblasts. Today we need to once again assess the situation, assess the efficiency of our measures and adopt, if necessary, additional decisions,” said Andrei Kobyakov.

Belarus’ Emergencies Minister Vladimir Vashchenko reported that as of 5p.m. on 13 January, 326 settlements, 869 transformer substations, 2 hospitals in Starye Dorogi District, 5 daycare centers, 14 schools and 57 agricultural buildings remained without electricity supply. More than 21,000 people were still without electricity.​

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