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Siberian flood crest moving towards Nikolayevsky district, Khabarovsk Territory

September 16, 2013, 9:16 UTC+3

The maximum possible water level near Nikolayevsk, as forecated by hydrologists, might reach 380 cm with the critical level of 300 cm

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Morgulis

Photo ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Morgulis

KHABAROVSK, September 16 (Itar-Tass) - The Siberian flood crest is currently moving to the Nikolayevsky district of Russia’s Khabarovsk Krai. Therefore, the attention of the region’s authorities is now fixed on this municipality. According to recent reports, about 200 houses in the Mago village and Chnyrrakh and Podgornoye settlements could be flooded in this district. In Nikolayevsk-on-Amur water may approach the local heat and power plant and the seaport polyclinic, the press service of the krai’s governor and government reported on Monday.

Special equipment would be dispatched in the coming days from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to the Nikolayevsky district, the press service said. The maximum possible water level near Nikolayevsk, as forecated by hydrologists, might reach 380 cm with the critical level of 300 cm. The current water level in the Amur River near this town is 249 cm.

On Monday morning, the level of the Amur River near Khabarovsk was 6 m 46 cm, which is 162 cm below the critical level. At the same time, the water level has risen to 909 cm (1 cm increase per day) near Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

According to weather forecasts, the water level near Khabarovsk in the next few days would continue to decline. The water level is also declining at Yunost, although insignificantly. In the cities of Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur, as well as in the Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk, Sovetskaya Gavan, Ulchsk, Nanaisky, Lazo and Vyazemskoye rural areas the state of emergency is still in effect. As many as 3 thousand 174 houses in 77 villages are in the flood zone. A total of 4 thousand 111 household plots, 3 thousand 762 garden plots, 45.6 thousand hectares of farmland, 33 socially important facilities, 21 housing and utilities facilities, 4 bridges, 28 road sections are flooded. Over 7,387 inhabitants have been evacuated from inundated territories.

To date, the population affected by the flood has been taken to temporary accommodation centers. A total of 53 such centers have been prepared in Khabarovsk Krai; 2 thousand 170 people are currently accommodated there.

The overall grouping of forces and means involved in disaster management efforts in Khabarovsk Krai comprises 13 thousand 665 employees and 2 thousand 232 pieces of equipment.

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