MOSCOW, August 6 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian Defense Ministry will help to the residents of the Amur River Region that were affected from the flood, the press service of the ministry told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
“Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu decided to assign the forces from the Eastern Military District to help clean up the aftermaths of a flood in the Amur River Region,” the Defense Ministry noted. “The engineering units of the 35th Army of the Eastern Military District are advancing to help to the residents of the most flood-hit settlements in the Zeya district of the Amur Region,” the ministry said.
The task force of the Eastern Military District of over 40 units of special engineering machinery and over 80 servicemen, who will participate in building a bridge across Urkan River, and the repairs of a washed-out railway track and the restoration of the traffic.
A dangerous flood situation has emerged in the Amur region over long heavy rains and escapage from the dam lake of the Zeya hydropower plant. Tens of settlements were affected in the flood. Over 1,500 people, including 440 children were evacuated from the disaster area. The emergency situation regime is in effect in the flood-hit region.