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115 settlements located in flood area in Russian Far East, over 27,500 people evacuated

September 02, 2013, 8:28 UTC+3
A disastrous flood in the Russian Far East was triggered by long heavy rain that started at the end of July
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VLADIVOSTOK, September 2 (Itar-Tass) - A devastating flood in the Russian Far East has flooded over 5,500 houses in the Russian Far East as of Monday, over 27,500 people were evacuated from the natural disaster area, the press service of the Far Eastern regional emergency situation centre reported.

As many as 115 towns, settlements and villages are located in the flood area in Amur Region, Khabarovsk Territory and the Jewish Autonomous Region, the regional emergencies center said.

The water level is falling on the rivers in Amur Region, however, 2,281 residential houses, where 9,431 people live, including 2,290 children, remain flooded in 38 settlements. As many as 3,039 countryside land plots remain flooded.

Since the flood started in the Amur river region 16,234 people, including 5,861 children have been evacuated. As many as 380 people, including 123 children, are staying at the temporary accommodation centers. Other people came back to their houses over a better flood situation.

As many as 1,929 residential houses, where 5,455 people live, including 1,037 children, are flooded in 46 settlements in Khabarovsk Territory. The water inundated 2,568 countryside land plots and about 4,000 countryside houses.

As many as 3,234 people, including 783 children, were evacuated from the flood-stricken residential houses. As many as 482 people, including 169 children, are accommodated at temporary centers; other people were accommodated at their relatives and acquaintances.

1,321 residential houses, where 4,965 people live, including 1,151 children, are flooded in 23 settlements in the Jewish Autonomous Region. As many as 5,269 countryside land plots are flooded. As many as 8,183 people, including 1,972 children, were evacuated from the flood area in the autonomy. As many as 1,173 people, including 356 children, are staying at the temporary accommodation centers. Other people moved to their relatives and acquaintances.

A disastrous flood in the Russian Far East was triggered by long heavy rain that started at the end of July. The rivers Amur, Zeya and other rivers burst their banks. A catastrophic flood wave has already reached Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur along Amur River. The water level reached 797 centimeters near Khabarovsk and 803 centimeters near Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Such a sweeping natural disaster is reported for the first time in 120 years of hydrological monitoring over the rivers.

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