Putin backs state of emergency in Arctic region over fuel spill in river

Putin backs state of emergency in Arctic region over fuel spill in river

Channel NewsAsia - World·2020-06-03 23:54

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a state of emergency in the Arctic city of Norilsk on Wednesday after a huge leak of fuel into a river and upbraided a senior official on television over what he said was a bungled state response.

A fuel tank at a power station in the remote, industrial region lost pressure on May 29 and leaked 20,000 tonnes of fuel and lubricants, the Investigative Committee, a law enforcement agency, said. Much of flowed into the river Ambarnaya.

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