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EMERCOM controlling flood situation in Volga region, Urals and Far East

August 09, 2013, 10:54 UTC+3

Russian Emergencies Ministry reported that the water lever lowered

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MOSCOW, August 9 (Itar-Tass) - The flood situation in the Volga, Ural and Far Eastern regions is under control, head of the national centre of management in emergency situations of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations Vladimir Stepanov said on Friday.

“The national centre of management in emergency situations is controlling the situation, which is related with the flood over heavy rains in several constituent territories in the Far Eastern, Ural and Volga Federal Districts,” he said.

The most complicated flood situation remains in the Amur region. “But it should be noted that the water level in the upper pool went up eight centimeters for the past day that is two times lower than a day before. The water went out from 50 houses,” Stepanov said.

The numerical strength of the emergency task force was increased and already exceeded 30,000 people in the Far East as part of flood preventive measures. More than 10,000 people are also concentrated in the Amur region alone.

“Rescue teams, which are prepared to react, if the situation is deteriorated, are working in each settlement,” Stepanov said. He noted that more than 2,000 people provided with all required supplies are staying outside the flood area in the Amur region.

More than 1,000 countryside houses are flooded in the Khabarovsk territory. The situation is stable in the Jewish autonomous region, the posts, which are monitoring the water flow, are placed there.

Meanwhile, the flood situation has worsened in Bashkortostan, where more than 500 houses are flooded in ten settlements over heavy rains, more than 800 people are evacuated. The emergency group to clean up the aftermath of the flood is being reinforced.

“More than 200 houses are flooded in the Chelyabinsk region; two sections of the road and one section of the bridge are washed out. All people are evacuated,” Stepanov said.

He noted that two Ilyushin emergency airplanes in Moscow, and the group of more than 500 rescuers, who will be involved in the anti-flood operation in case of a worse flood situation are put on standby.

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