Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ On July 18, the National Emergency Agency of Management held a press briefing on current state of aimags that affected by flood, relief aid and assistance being provided to citizens and reconstruction works.
As stated, citizens of Bayan-Ulgii, Selenge and Tuv aimag are affected by flash floods caused by heavy, quick rain.
Reportedly, 2512 citizens of Bayan-Ulgii aimag are affected by flooding caused by heavy rain occurred on July 15-16. So far, flood recovery operations are underway with participation of over 600 people from the professional organizations such as the Mongolian armed force, the NEMA, Police Departments. Moreover, international organizations such as Red Cross, ADRA and the World Vision have started rendering aid to flood victims. As of today, 170 citizens received medical assistance. Prior to this flood, Bayan-Ulgii aimag also affected by severe flood in 2016. Back then, flood damage totaled MNT 2.2 billion. However, it is said that the recent flood damage is estimated at MNT 10 billion, which is four to five times more than the previous one. Officials said that Bayan-Ulgii aimag is located in depression, which is prone to flood.
In Tuv aimag, 70 households and 10 entities were flooded as well as bridge of Shavartai and its pillars were badly damaged by flood on July 17. The Emergency commission of Tuv aimag and Tuv AZZA Company are taking actions to rehabilitate road en route Ulaanbaatar –Darkhan and clean mud.
During the press briefing, the NEMA authorities said that rescuers have saved more than 30 lives during the heavy rain. Now, 360 officials from professional organizations are participating in recovery operations, using over 100 vehicle and equipment. The flooding also occurred in the capital city. On July 17, the NEMA received over 90 emergency calls from citizens of Bayanzurkh district following the rain. Unfortunately, two citizens of Bayanzurkh district lost their lives due to the heavy rain. As of today, the NEMA rescuers are working in flooded areas, dispersing flood waters.
Moreover, roads were heavily damaged by flash flood in Sukhbaatar aimag on July 17. In relation, road rehabilitation work has commenced.