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114 households flooded on Yakutia’s Ohulun, 405 people evacuated

July 12, 2014, 7:35 UTC+3 YAKUTSK

Hydrologists say that eleven villages along the Tatta river are still facing a threat of flood

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YAKUTSK, July 12  /ITAR-TASS/. As many as 114 households with a population of 405 people have been flooded in Yakutia’s settlement of Ozhulun as the river Tatta broke its banks after torrential rains, spokesman for the government of the republic of Yakutia said on Saturday.

According to previous reports, fifty seven private houses and 67 household land plots were flooded. Moreover, the Tatta totally flooded the village of Chakyr in the vicinity of Ozhulun.

“People from flooded houses in Ozhulun have been evacuated. A helicopter took children and the elder to the district centre of Churapcha. Rescuers are working in Ozhulun. Water in the Tatta river is gradually subsuding,” Aafansiy Yegorov, Yakutia’s government spokesman, said.

Hydrologists say that eleven villages along the Tatta river are still facing a threat of floods. “People there have been warned and are ready for evacuation. Preventive measures have been taken. The situation is under control of the republican emergencies ministry,” the spokesman stressed.

Week-long torrential rains caused rise of water level in local rivers and lakes. Rising water burst a dam in a dam lake holding more than nine million cubic metres of water. To prevent large-scale flooding, controlled water discharges were carried out from the dam lake to the river Tatta, which caused further rise in the wate level.

Ozhulun residents said the flooding started overnight. Local rescuers confirmed these reports. “As of 06:00 a.m. local time (00:00 Moscow time) the Tatta level nears Ozhulun raised by ten centimeters in just one hour,” rescuers said.

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