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Flood water subsides, emergency regime still in place in Far East

September 23, 2013, 8:41 UTC+3

As of September 23, 67 settlements are still partially flooded in nine municipalities

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Morgulis

Photo ITAR-TASS/Dmitry Morgulis

KHABAROVSK, September 23 (Itar-Tass) - The water level in the Amur River has been stably decreasing over the past 24 hours, and stood at the level of 518 centimeters as of 8 a.m. local time on Monday near Khabarovsk, demonstrating a 17-centimeter decline.

It was 836 centimeters near Komsomolsk-on-Amur, decreasing by ten centimeters, and 254 centimeters near Nikolayevsk-on-Amur where the water level had not changed, sources from the Khabarovsk region department of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations said.

However, an emergency situation regime is still in place in Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur, as well as in the Khabarovsk, Amur, Sovetskaya Gavan, Ulch and Nanai districts.

As of September 23, 67 settlements are still partially flooded in nine municipalities. Floods still affect 2,748 residential buildings that are home to 22,424 people, 3,496 private land plots and 3,504 summer cottages. A total of 45,600 hectares of arable land are still partially flooded, as well as 29 socially important facilities.

The Khabarovsk and Jewish autonomous region department of Rosselkhoznadzor agricultural watchdog reports that epizootic situation in these two regions remains stable, no infectious diseases among the cattle have been registered in connection with floods.

The quality of water in the Amur River is satisfactory. A total of 2,313 people are staying in 43 temporary accommodation centers.

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