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More than 6,200 houses flooded, 22,000 people evacuated in Russian Far East

August 24, 2013, 21:44 UTC+3

It said that 191 sections of local roads and 69 bridges are under water

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MOSCOW, August 24 (Itar-Tass) - More than 6,200 houses have been flooded and almost 22,500 people evacuated in the Russian Far East, the Emergencies Ministry said on Saturday, August 24.

A total of 6,266 dwelling houses where 33,097 people live remain inundated in 123 populated localities of 25 municipalities in the Far Eastern Federal District - Amur Region, Jewish Autonomous Region and Khabarovsk Territory, the ministry said.

It said that 191 sections of local roads and 69 bridges are under water. Rescuers have evacuated 22,477 people, including 7,022 children, and set up 121 temporary accommodation centres.

The worst situation is in Khabarovsk Territory. “The rise of the water has slowed down. Work to build dams and other emergency and restorative work is underway,” the ministry said.

The situation in the Amur Region is slowly improving. The authorities are paying compensation to those affected. However 70 settlements in 15 districts remain flooded. Over the past 24 hours, water has receded in ten settlements. Repair teams have rebuilt 8.5 km of 458 km of roads and four of 65 bridges damaged by the floods.

In the Jewish Autonomous Region the level of water has virtually not changed over the past 24 hours. “Preparations have begun for restorative work,” the ministry said.

The floods have damaged 918 dwelling houses in 25 settlements of six municipalities, including the capital city of Birobidzhan. A total of 4,002 garden plots and ten social institutions were inundated, 8,287 people were evacuated, 1,389 people, including 569 children, are staying at temporary accommodation centres.

Volunteers have started vaccinating the local population against dysentery.

According to weather forecasts, the Amur may rise to the maximum level of 780-830 cm only if the worse comes to the worst. “We expect 750-780 cm,” the Emergencies Ministry said.

Meanwhile, a new group of 135 rescuers has flown out of Krasnoyarsk, south of Western Siberia, to the Amur Region. They are carrying ten mobile power plants and 80 oil radiators with them.

Earlier in the day, an Ilyushin-76 transport plane with 83 rescuers and almost 30 boats aboard left Yekaterinburg in the Urals and headed to Khabarovsk.

Rescuers are being redeployed to the Far East from all Russian regions. An Ilyushin-76 plane with a team of medics and a mobile hospital flew out of Ramenskoye outside Moscow to Khabarovsk earlier on Saturday.

“The Emergencies Ministry’s planes have made 29 flights and transported 363 people and 19.5 tonnes of cargoes,” the ministry’s spokesperson Irina Rossius said.

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