The head of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry for the
Primorye Region has drowned while saving people from a tropical
storm, the TASS news agency reported Friday.
On Friday, a truck carrying rescue workers, including ministry
head Oleg Fediura, fell off a temporary ramp spanning the surging
Pavlovka River. They were attempting to reach one of the villages
hardest hit by the storm, the Emergency Situations Ministry said in a
statement on its website.
Once the truck had fallen into the water, Fediura helped the eight
other workers to safety but “he himself could not get out,” the
statement said, adding that the other rescue workers had escaped
A criminal case has been opened by the region's Investigative
Committee. They are investigating whether Fediura's death was the
result of negligence, a statement published Friday on the
committee website said.
After leaving 11 dead in Japan, Typhoon Lionrock was downgraded to
a tropical storm as it moved over Russia's Primorye region in the Far
East this week. The region’s hydrometeorological center says the
storm, which has caused serious flooding and left some villages
completely isolated, is the most powerful ever recorded in the
Fediura, 45, had overseen rescue
operations, evacuations and the delivery of targeted aid in
Primorye’s worst hit areas since Lionrock hit the region, the statement said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a state of emergency in
the region on Friday. Evacuations continue, complicated by destroyed
roads and severed communication lines.
The region experienced three times the average monthly rainfall fell in August and forecasters warn that the rain will continue until Friday evening. A strong cyclone is expected in the region on Sunday.