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Typhoon Sanba gradually leaving south of Russian Primorye

September 18, 2012, 11:27 UTC+3

Landslide was fixed in one of Vladivostok districts, in which a made-up pad used as a parking lot collapsed under torrents of water

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VLADIVOSTOK , September 18 (Itar-Tass) — Typhoon Sanba is gradually withdrawing from the south of Russia’s Primorye, leaving behind flooded lowlands and piles of stones and garbage.

Landslide was fixed in one of Vladivostok districts, in which a made-up pad used as a parking lot collapsed under torrents of water. Nobody was injured. The public road system of the city was the hardest hit by the typhoon, and several streets were partially flooded. Water has already subsided and traffic has been reopened in full.

The parking lot in front of Vladivostok’s Knevichi airport has turned into a lake, the press service of the airport said. “The weather seriously aggravates the road situation. Many passengers arrive at the airport later. For that reason representatives of some airlines make a decision to extend the check-in time,” the sources said.

“Airport services, on their part, make maximum efforts to make the check-in and customs examination as quick as possible,” the head of the airport air traffic service, Maxim Solodovnik, said.

Vladivostok is now in the very epicenter of super typhoon Sanba, which has brought a monthly norm of rainfall to the city, local meteorologists said on Tuesday.

According to meteorologists, as many as 107 millimeters of rain fell out in Vladivostok over the past 24 hours, including 87 millimeters overnight, with a monthly norm of 132 millimeters. Now the rain has stopped in the regional centre and the zone of heavy rains moves north.

According to the local emergencies headquarters, heavy rains caused a one to 1.5 meter rise of water levels in the upper reaches of the rivers Ussuri, Arsenyevks, Ilistaya, and Razdolnaya. Floods in the lower reaches of these rivers are expected in two to five days. Water levels rose also in rivers in the Lazobsky and Olginsky districts, with no damage to populated localities or economic facilities. The Ilistaya and Osinovka rivers in the Mikhailovo district will overflow their banks on Tuesday. Arable land plots and local roads are expected to be partially flooded.

Typhoons don’t often reach Primorye on such trajectory in the second half of September. More often they move to the south of the Sea of Japan and turn east, partially hitting the Kurile Islands and Kamchatka. The previous typhoon that moved almost on the same trajectory was Typhoon Saomai in 2000, but rains were not that heavy then.

The typhoon is expected to leave Primorye on September 19.

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