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Russian federal officials arrive in Khabarovsk to monitor struggle with floods

September 05, 2013, 6:32 UTC+3
The peak of the flood caused by the continuing rise of water in the Amur River is expected to fall on September 6 to September 9
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Photo ITAR-TASS / Olga Egoraeva

Photo ITAR-TASS / Olga Egoraeva

KHABAROVSK, September 5 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President’s plenipotentiary representative in the Far-Eastern Federal District, Yuri Trutnev, and the Minister for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense, Vladimir Puchkov have arrived in the major Far-Eastern city, Khabarovsk where the continuing flood has produced a rather tense situation.

Yuri Trutnev, whom President Putin appointed to the position of the plenipotentiary representative in the Far-Eastern Federal District a few days ago, said earlier he take charge of all the operative efforts to eliminate the aftermaths of the emergency situation in Khabarovsk.

The peak of the flood caused by the continuing rise of water in the Amur River is expected to fall on September 6 to September 9. As for the second largest city of the Khabarovsk territory, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, forecasts say the flood is most likely to reach the peak levels there in the period of September 11 to September 15.

Floodwater in Komsomolsk may rise to 980 centimeters above the norm. If the forecasts turn in a reality, evacuation of about 30,000 people may be needed.

Yuri Trutnev said much strenuous work is ahead of everyone engaged in rescue efforts and for himself personally in particular. It is important now to coordinate the steps taken by the federal agencies of power and especially assistance to the population affected by the flood, as well as to continue elimination of its aftermaths.

Vladimir Puchkov has been appointed deputy chairman of the commission in charge of elimination of the flood consequences and returning the situation in the affected areas back to normal.

Since the outbreak of the Far-Eastern floods that have been recognized as unparalleled ones, Puchkov is making a fourth trip to the region.

“The head of the Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/ will supervise the rescue works in Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur where he will meet with local residents, as well as in the Jewish autonomous region and the Amur region,” EMERCOM spokesperson Irina Rossius told Itar-Tass.

The situation with the flooding has already stabilized in the Amur region where a steady decline of water level showings is reported from there. The flood water in the Jewish autonomous region is receding, too.

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