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5,725 homes flooded in Amur region

August 18, 2013, 15:20 UTC+3

The number of flooded homes over the past day has increased by more than 1,300

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VLADIVOSTOK, August 18 (Itar-Tass) - As many as 5 thousand 725 houses with the total number of dwellers 31 thousand 182 people, including 8 thousand 337 children, have been inundated in the Amur region by Sunday. High water also flooded 8 thousand 347 household plots, the press service of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s (EMERCOM) main department for the Amur region reported.

The number of flooded homes over the past day has increased by more than 1,300. The powerful flooding is affecting the basins of the Amur and Zeya Rivers and is fed by the Shilka and Argun Rivers of the Trans-Baikal Territory that are flowing into the Amur.

Flooding has overwhelmed 92 settlements in 10 districts of the Amur Region (the Zeya, Mazanovsky, Seryshevsky, Blagoveshchensky, Belogorsky, Ivanovsky, Svobodnensky, Konstantinovsky, Mikhailovsky, Arkharinsky districts) and in three city districts (Blagoveshchensk, Svobodny, Belogorsk).

A total of 15 thousand 322 people have been evacuated from dangerous areas, including 5 thousand 500 children. A total of 93 temporary accommodation centres have been deployed in the flooding areas, 2 thousand 494 people, including 1 thousand 103 children have been accommodated in 20 such centres. Meals have been organised for the evacuees at dining rooms of the temporary accommodation centres and the local food service centres at the expense of the administration of municipalities.

Medical care is provided by the local healthcare institutions, as well as by specialised teams of the Amur Territorial Emergency Medicine Centre, if necessary.

The people in flooded villages are timely and as needed provided with water, food, fuel and property, the delivery of feed for animals and birds has also been organised, the EMERCOM said.

A special group, comprising 10 thousand 871 people and 1 thousand 816 pieces of equipment, including 300 boats, has been deployed in the Amur region to cope with the flood and its aftermath.

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