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Over 50 people evacuated from flood area in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk Territory

August 21, 2013, 12:56 UTC+3

Local commission imposes a state of emergency in the area

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KRASNOYARSK, August 21 (Itar-Tass) - Water level in Oya River has risen in the south of Krasnoyarsk Territory, Siberia.

At present, the water level reaches 390 centimetres while the critical level is of 290 centimetres, the press service of the Siberian regional emergency centre reported on Wednesday.

Over 50 people have been evacuated from the village of Yermakovskoye, the report says.

Sixteenth houses and 26 farmyards where 79 people live have been flooded. A total of 56 people (among them are 22 children, 32 pensioners and two disabled persons) have moved to their relatives. Rescuers have organised a temporary accommodation centre at the local school.

The population has been informed on the situation on the spot. Transport has been prepared to remove people and livestock. Heavy vehicles are used to erect barriers. The water level is being monitored every 24 hours.

The local commission has imposed a state of emergency in the area. Thus, as of today a total of 116 people, 29 children of them, have been evacuated from the flood area.

Torrential rains made the water to rise in three rivers - Oya, Bolshoi Kebezh and Maly Kebezh. Rescuers say the situation can stabilise by 2 p.m. Moscow time.

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