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Over 60 settlements flooded in Khabarovsk Territory

September 03, 2013, 8:11 UTC+3

On Tuesday, the level of Amur river exceeded the mark of 8 meters by 2 cm in the area of Khabarovsk

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VLADIVOSTOK, September 3 (Itar-Tass) - As many as 61 settlements are in the flood zone in Khabarovsk Territory on Tuesday. Over two thousand houses, 28 social facilities, over 45 thousand hectares of agricultural land are flooded. Another 200 homes may be inundated soon, the press service of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s (EMERCOM) main department for the region reported.

More and more people are leaving the flood zone. As of September 3, a total of 3,606 people have been evacuated from dangerous placed, 349 people have been evacuated over the past day; 129 temporary accommodation centers for 15,270 people have been prepared in the affected districts. They currently accommodate 2,136 people.

The Amur River water level in the whole Khabarovsk Territory continues to rise. On Tuesday, it exceeded the mark of 8 meters by 2 cm in the area of Khabarovsk. The most difficult situation is in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Hydrologists predict the water may rise up to 980 cm. Not only private houses and residential neighborhoods, but large industrial facilities may as well get into the flood zone. About 600 houses, which are home to 50 thousand people, may be flooded.

Due to the worsening flood situation, acting governor of Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport appealed to the residents of the region, informing them of the measures taken to cope with the flood. According to the acting governor, a major group of experts - over 11 thousand people, is working 24/7 in the affected area. The emergency response efforts are made in close interaction with the Eastern Military District, the Emergencies Ministry, the Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service (FSB). The needed funds, equipment and medicines are being provided. Volunteers are rendering major assistance.

“You have to be sure that we shall not stop to provide aid until all the problems of each person are solved. You should know and be sure that no one will be left alone with the elements! Help will reach every home, every family, every person, I promise you that!” the head of the region said.

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