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Situation with floods in Russia’s Far East stabilizing gradually - EMERCOM

August 25, 2013, 15:32 UTC+3

As for the Khabarovsk territory, all the manpower and rescue vehicles there are still concentrated around the construction of dykes

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MOSCOW, August 25 (Itar-Tass) - Situation with floods in the Far Eastern regions of Russia is stabilizing gradually but it may aggravate in the last days of this month in the Kharabarovsk and Primorsky /Maritime/ territory, the information department of the Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/ said Sunday.

At this moment, the situation in the Amur region looks particularly reassuring as the calamity there is apparently subsiding and people have begun to return to their private houses in some places there.

“The population is getting all the necessary foodstuffs and potable water,” EMERCOM said. “More than 55% of those affected by the flooding have received monetary compensations for the damage their properties have sustained.”

Rehabilitation works continue at full at power transmission lines and fixed telephone lines. Transport services are being resumed, too.

“Workers are taking an active part in cleaning up the territories inundated previously and are doing repairs and rehabilitation works,” EMERCOM said.

“In the first place, the rescuers are rendering assistance to senior citizens, retired and lonely people, and families with many children,” the report said.

Comprehensive repair and refurbishment teams arriving in the Amur region take all the necessary equipment - power pumps for removing the water, crowbars, spades, gas chainsaws, cutting torches, and lighting devices - along with them.

Water level in the Amur River went down some 4 cm in the Jewish Autonomous Region since Saturday afternoon.

“The authorities are taking all the steps to ensure people’s subsistence,” EMERCOM said.

As for the Khabarovsk territory, all the manpower and rescue vehicles there are still concentrated around the construction of dykes.

“The main objective now is to prevent the inundation of residential areas in large cities, like Khabarovsk itself and that’s why construction works at dams continue round the clock without intervals,” the report said.

EMERCOM is building up its grouping in the region.

In the meantime, weather forecasts warn that the situation in the Khabarovsk and Primorsky /Maritime/ territories may deteriorate further in the last days of this month.

“Considering the current changes in the weather situation, coordination of the necessary action is taking place and EMERCOM is regrouping its forces and equipment pursuant to the change of data,” the information department said.

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