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Military evacuate about 8,400 people from flooded areas

August 31, 2013, 9:23 UTC+3

Over 5,200 servicemen operate in the flooded zone in the Far Eastern Federal District

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Morgulis

Photo ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Morgulis

MOSCOW, August 31 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian Defense Ministry's troops helping the population in the flooded zone have evacuated about 8,400 people and 75 vehicles since the beginning of the flood in the Far East, the ministry's press service said on Saturday.

The military installed bridges at flooded places for transport links across the rivers Kamenushka and Tynda in the Amur Region, the Dobraya in the Jewish Autonomous Region and for the Khabarovsk-Komsomolsk-on-Amur road in the Khabarovsk Territory.

Along with the evacuation of people, the military transport personnel to ensure the work of the social infrastructure in residential areas. For the purpose, the troops have installed three heavy mechanized bridges in the Amur Region and the Khabarovsk Territory.

Six crews with PTS-2 amphibious transport vehicles work in the Amur Region, and there are ten such crews in the Jewish Region and seven in the Khabarovsk Territory.

Over 5,200 servicemen operate in the flooded zone in the Far Eastern Federal District. They use more than 900 vehicles, about 50 planes and helicopters and about 40 boats of the Defense Ministry.

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