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At least 12 settlements turn out to be in flood area near Tver

April 20, 2013, 20:29 UTC+3

A total of 237 residents (25 children) of Burashevo, near Tver, have turned out to be in the flood area

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TVER, April 20 (Itar-Tass) - At least 12 settlements turned out to be in the flood area near Tver.

A total of 237 residents (25 children) of Burashevo, near Tver, have turned out to be in the flood area. At least 118 houses and over 370 farmlands in 12 settlements have been flooded, head of the press service of the emergency response department for Tver Region Denis Gutsalyuk told Itar-Tass.

He said, “We involve 91 people, 16 units of equipment, six floating crafts, including 53 people from the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, 11 units of equipment and three floating crafts.”

Head of the Ministry of Territorial Entities Yevgeny Tkachev told Itar-Tass by telephone, “The water raises, but we don’t intend to evacuate local residents. Foodstuffs are supplied.”

Temporary accommodation points have been located at Turginovo. Residents, who have been evacuated, are supplied with foodstuffs and medications.

In Tver itself the territory of the State University Botanic Gardens has been flooded. A representative of the Botanic Gardens, Ruslan Kuzin, said: “If the water does not sink for a long time, many outstanding plants may die.” “The water continues to raise on the whole territory,” he added.

The Botanic Gardens is situated in the historical part of the city - between the rivers of Tvertsa and Volga. It was founded in 1879 by Tver honourable citizen, merchant Ilya Bobrov.

Over 2,500 herbaceous plants and over 350 types of trees and bushes have been collected on the area of 2,600 hectares. Since 1990’s the studies of rare and disappearing plants have become the Gardens’ priority in order to preserve the diversity of Upper Volga Region.


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