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Flood subsides in Yakutian village of Berezovka

May 23, 2012, 10:33 UTC+3
No new flood is expected, the Russian Emergencies Ministry's department in the republic reported on Wednesday
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GORNO-ALTAISK, May 23 (Itar-Tass) —— The high water has left the village of Berezovka in Yakutia's Srednekolymsk district. The Berezovka River level is going down. No new flood is expected, the Russian Emergencies Ministry's department in the republic reported on Wednesday.

The level of the river, the right tributary of the Kolyma, was 969 cm in the village on Wednesday, with the critical mark of 1,000 cm. No houses are flooded now, the department said

The high water began to inundate the village on Tuesday. Twelve yards with houses were flooded. Forty nine people were evacuated from Berezovka beforehand. The river overflowed its banks after its ice cover broke and melted.

On May 20, the Srednekolymsk district administration set up operational headquarters, prepared temporary accommodation stations for evacuees and warned the population about the flood threat. A state of emergency was declared in the district the same day. The Kolyma River situation is monitored.

An operational group of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's department in Yakutia is working in the district to monitor the situation and coordinate the work.

The Emergencies Ministry said earlier in the day that the overflowing Kolyma left the city of Srednekolymsk on Wednesday after the ice jam was blown up. In the city, 107 houses were flooded.

At the same time, the Yana River continues to inundate the settlement of Ust-Yansk in Yakutia. The overflow flooded eight houses and 65 yards. The river level stands at the mark of 1,188 cm, with the critical level of 940 cm. The flood is expected to subside in two-three days. One hundred and forty people were evacuated beforehand from the settlement to the village of Kazachye. Groups of rescuers are on duty in Ust-Yansk to help residents.


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