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Flood in Siberia subsiding

June 03, 2014, 11:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
As many as 21,700 people have been evacuated from four flood-hit Russian south Siberian regions
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MOSCOW, June 03. /ITAR-TASS/. For the past day, a massive flood in Siberia that had spread right on four big Russian south Siberian regions, namely the Republic of Altai, Khakassia, Tuva and Altai Territory, started subsiding. The Russian Emergencies Ministry notes a steady fall of river level, the water has left about one third of all flooded villages. However, 60 settlements where 22,000 people live, remain isolated from the dry land. Twelve motor roads and 29 bridges are damaged. As many as 21,700 people were evacuated.

Two people, including a child, died in a devastating flood in the Altai Territory, four people are reported missing, the press service of Altai territorial police reported.

Military forces are repairing road infrastructure. Sappers of the Central Military District started building bridges.

For the past day, crews of amphibian carriers have evacuated more than 150 people with their belongings, have recovered 22 vehicles from flooded districts and have provided local residents with foodstuffs and drinking water. A military hospital in the town of Aleisk is prepared to receive flood-affected people.

Since May 31, an emergency situation was declared in the Altai Territory, the republics of Altai, Tuva and Khakassia. The grouping involved in flood cleanup exceeds 17,700 people and 4,600 units of machinery. Around 70 tons of relief supplies were brought to flood-hit districts.

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