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Some 140 settlements partially flooded in Far East

August 19, 2013, 10:38 UTC+3

Some 30,000 people are combating the floods

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MOSCOW, August 19 (Itar-Tass) - A total of 140 settlements are partially flooded in Russia’s Far Eastern Amur and Khabarovsk regions, as well as in the Jewish Autonomous Region, the head of the EMERCOM’s National Crisis Management Centre, Vladimir Stepanov, said on Monday.

“More than 6,000 houses in which more than 33,000 people live are partially flooded, as well as more than 60 bridges and 200 road sections,” he said.

More than 20,000 people have been evacuated, and 2,000 of them stay at temporary accommodation centers.

Some 30,000 people are combating the floods, and this figure grows daily.

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