KHABAROVSK, September 18 (Itar-Tass) - The water level of the Amur River is declining near the flood-hit cities of Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Russia’s Far East, the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations reports.
The water level near Khabarovsk was at 601 centimeters as of 8 am local time (01:00 Moscow time) on Wednesday, declining by 24 centimeters over the period of 24 hours. The water level declined by ten centimeters, to 894 centimeters, in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
The emergency situation regime is still in place in Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur as well as in the Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk, Amur, Sovetskaya Gavan, Ulch and Nanai districts.
Within the next two days, the water level is expected to decline by up to 40 centimeters near Khabarovsk and by up to ten centimeters near Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
All in all, nine municipalities, 77 settlements are in the flood zone in the Khabarovsk region. A total of 3,186 houses which are home to 36,291 people are partially flooded. Floods have affected 45,600 hectares of arable land and 34 socially important facilities.