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Troops evacuate people from flooded areas and build dikes

August 23, 2013, 8:06 UTC+3
A total of 4,700 servicemen are helping the population in the flooded areas in the Eastern Federal District
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Photo ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Morgulis

Photo ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Morgulis

MOSCOW, August 23 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian Defense Ministry's troops continue building and reinforcing protection dikes and evacuating people from the flooded settlement of Leninskoye in the Jewish Autonomous Region, the Ministry's press service reported on Friday.

The troops have built more than 300 meters of dikes with the use of more than 4,000 sandbags during the past day. A total of 9,000 meters of dikes were made of 40,280 sandbags in Leninskoye.

A brigade of the Eastern Military District has evacuated over 350 people, 20 units of various equipment and three tons of personal property of residents using floating carriers from the settlements of Leninskoye, Kukelevo and Novoye.

A tent camp for 1,000 people is set up in Babstov, where about 700 evacuees are staying. The Defense Ministry's forces provide hot meals, water and medical assistance for the residents.

A total of 4,700 servicemen are helping the population in the flooded areas in the Eastern Federal District. They use about 900 units of military vehicles, about 50 aircrafts and 34 boats of the Defense Ministry.

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