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“The government commission has made a decision to start controlled water discharge from the reservoir, in order to minimize the consequences of the dam wash-away and prevent the flooding of settlements. A break in the roadbed of the Kolyma federal highway, as well as pumping of water to other reservoirs are used for the water passage,” he said.
Emergency response headquarters are evacuating the population and drive away cattle to the high ground. More than 200 people and 50 machinery units are involved in the efforts.
“Thanks to the timely preventive measures, not a single house has been flooded at the moment,” Yegorov stressed.