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Total of 1,203 residential houses still flooded in Far East

October 06, 2013, 9:32 UTC+3

The authorities set up 53 provisional accommodation centers

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VLADIVOSTOK, October 6 (Itar-Tass) - Total of 1,203 residential houses remain inundated in the Amur region, the Jewish autonomous region, and the Khabarovsk territory in the aftermath of unprecedented floods that affected significant parts of the Russian Far East in August and September.

These houses have 12,506 residents, the press service of the Far Easter territorial division of the federal Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/ said Sunday.

The authorities set up 53 provisional accommodation centers for the people affected by the emergency situation and some 2,653 persons are staying there at the moment. This number includes 767 children.

A total of 575 children are staying currently at recreation camps in the Amur region and the Khabarovsk territory in the places that remained out of reach for the floodwaters.

The aftereffects of the calamity are felt the heaviest in the Khabarovsk territory where 1,181 residential houses have been flooded. However, the water level in the Amur River, the main water artery of the Russian Far East that also became the biggest cause of mischief this year, continues receding.

Water has left another 425 buildings since Saturday morning there.

Water is being removed from the basement floors of buildings in all the towns and villages in three affected regions with the aid of firefighting pumping stations and motor pumps. Disinfecting of land, pavements and surfaces is underway.

Specialists of Russia’s consumer rights watchdog agency Rospotrebnadzor have organized control over the quality of potable water in the water supply systems, communal wells, rivers and lakes.

The grouping of forces engaged in the elimination of the aftermath of floods in the Far East numbers almost 20,000 people who have at their disposal some 3,345 vehicles for the transportation of people and repairs of destroyed road sections and bridges.

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