Information on Disaster Risk Reduction of the Member Countries

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General Information

Formal Name: Russia
Russia has the largest land in the world that extends from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Most of the 17 million square kilometers of land is covered with vast plains, with steps in the north and taiga in the south. In the high-latitude area, the tundra zones spread where no trees can grow. Gory Kavkaz is located near the south border between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, and the Ural Mountains is located between the border of Asia and Europe. The climate is very different from region to region, from subtropical climate to the polar climate. Day-night temperature difference is also fierce.
Moscow is the capital. Population is 141.9 million. Majority are the Russian with different ethnic groups.

Overview of Disasters

Most of Siberia consists of permafrost, which causes floods in spring and forest fires in summer and fall. The Peninsula of Kamchatka is prone to volcanic activity and earthquakes. Drought, extreme temperatures, landslides, and wind damage may cause damages.

Recent Major Disasters

Sakhalin Earthquake (May 1995)

On 28 May 1995, there was an earthquake measuring M7.7 in the north Sakhalin which killed 1,989 people.

Flood (May 1998)

The north-eastern Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) was hit by extensive flooding in May 1998, killing 13 people and leaving 51,000 homeless. 38,780 hectares of arable land was washed away.

Flood (September 1994)

On 19 September 1994, following three days of torrential rain, severe floods affected the region of primorskij in the far east of the country not far from vladivostok. EMERCOM of russia reports that 45,000 hectares are flooded, with water level in rivers still rising. 86 villages have been affected with 3 persons reported dead and 15 missing. 529 people were resettled. Water supply to the town of Nakhodka have been cut.

Disaster Management System

Legal System

Several laws and policies were enacted by the Government of Russia to protect its people during emergency situations. These include: Law of the Russian Federation On Safety (March 5, 1991); Presidential Decree (PD) No. 794 (December 30, 1992); Federal Law (FL) No. 68 on “Protecting the Population and Territories from Emergency Situations” (December 21, 1994); and FL No. 3 on "Emergency-Rescue Services and Status of Rescue Personnel" Order of the Ministry of Emergencies of Russia No. 200 (April 21, 2003) provided for the basic roles and functions of the Ministry of Emergencies.


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The national structure for coordinating and executing disaster risk reduction is the single state system of preventing and eliminating emergency situations (RSES), which was established in 1992. It integrates management bodies, forces, federal bodies, local administrations and organizations to protect population and territories from emergency situations.
Ministry of Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters is responsible for the implementation of disaster management policies.


Planning of actions for emergency situations is carried out at all levels of the RSES system which includes: Federal plan of actions, regional plans of actions (cooperation); plans of actions of federal executive bodies (functional subsystems); plans of actions of executive bodies of subjects of Russian Federation (territorial subsystems), as well as plans of actions of local self-management; authorities and plans of actions of organizations (objects).

ADRC Counterpart

EMERCOM: Ministry of Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters