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Over 20,000 people evacuated from flood-hit zones in Russian Far East

August 26, 2013, 8:24 UTC+3
The water level in the Amur river reached the 731 cm mark on Monday morning
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Photo ITAR-TASS/Sergei Fadeichev

Photo ITAR-TASS/Sergei Fadeichev

VLADIVOSTOK, August 26 (Itar-Tass) - Over 20,000 people have been evacuated from flood affected zones in Russia’s Far Eastern Amur and Khabarovsk regions as well as the Jewish Autonomous Region, the press service of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations’ regional centre reported on Monday.

A total of 6,566 houses are partially flooded in 125 settlements. The water level in the Amur river reached the 731 cm mark on Monday morning, a 8 cm increase over the past 24 hours, and a record high mark in more than 100 years.

The situation is stabilizing in the Amur region, but still 4,511 houses in which 23,890 people live are partially flooded in 50 settlements. A total of 5,697 private land plots are partially flooded. There are 81 socially important facilities in the flood-hit zone. Crops have been damaged on an area of 508,200 hectares.

In the Khabarovsk region, 1,020 residential houses are partially flooded in 28 settlements, which affects 3,818 people. Crops have been damaged on an area of more than 38,000 hectares. A total of 2,041 residents have been evacuated from flood-hit zones in the Khabarovsk region, 119 people staying at temporary accommodation centers while the others staying at their relatives.

A total of 1,035 houses in which 4,502 people live have been partially flooded in the Jewish Autonomous Region. Also 4,080 private land plots have been partially flooded, as well as 20,000 hectares of arable land. More than 8,300 people have been evacuated in the region since the floods began. A total of 1,378 people stay at temporary accommodation centers.

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