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Mologa, Pripyat, Detroit and other ghost towns of the world

August 15, 2014, 14:54 UTC+3
Cities abandoned due to economic difficulties, warfare, natural and industrial disasters in this photo gallery by ITAR-TASS
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The town of Mologa in Russia's Yaroslavl Region was evacuated and engulfed by water in the 1940's during the construction of the Rybinsk Reservoir and Rybinsk HPP
The town of Mologa in Russia's Yaroslavl Region was evacuated and engulfed by water in the 1940's during the construction of the Rybinsk Reservoir and Rybinsk HPP
The town of Mologa in Russia's Yaroslavl Region was evacuated and engulfed by water in the 1940's during the construction of the Rybinsk Reservoir and Rybinsk HPP
© Fotokhronika TASS
Neftegorsk in Russia's Sakhalin Region was completely destroyed in a 1995 earthquake. Over 2000 people died in the disaster
Neftegorsk in Russia's Sakhalin Region was completely destroyed in a 1995 earthquake. Over 2000 people died in the disaster
Neftegorsk in Russia's Sakhalin Region was completely destroyed in a 1995 earthquake. Over 2000 people died in the disaster
© ITAR-TASS/Rolmen Denisov
All citizens of the town of Pripyat in the north of Ukraine were evacuated on April 27, 1986 due to the Chernobyl NPP disaster
All citizens of the town of Pripyat in the north of Ukraine were evacuated on April 27, 1986 due to the Chernobyl NPP disaster
All citizens of the town of Pripyat in the north of Ukraine were evacuated on April 27, 1986 due to the Chernobyl NPP disaster
© ITAR-TASS/Nikolai Lazarenko
Plymouth, the capital of Montserrat, an overseas territory of the UK, was abandoned by its 4,000 citizens after a series of volcanic eruptions in the 1990's
Plymouth, the capital of Montserrat, an overseas territory of the UK, was abandoned by its 4,000 citizens after a series of volcanic eruptions in the 1990's
Plymouth, the capital of Montserrat, an overseas territory of the UK, was abandoned by its 4,000 citizens after a series of volcanic eruptions in the 1990's
© AP Photo/Kevin West
The French town of Oradour-sur-Glane was destroyed by German troops during the WWII. A new settlement was built nearby, and the old one is maintained as a memorial and museum
The French town of Oradour-sur-Glane was destroyed by German troops during the WWII. A new settlement was built nearby, and the old one is maintained as a memorial and museum
The French town of Oradour-sur-Glane was destroyed by German troops during the WWII. A new settlement was built nearby, and the old one is maintained as a memorial and museum
© EPA/YOAN VALAT
Citizens of Italy's Craco abandoned the town due to a landslide and the danger of a rockfall
Citizens of Italy's Craco abandoned the town due to a landslide and the danger of a rockfall
Citizens of Italy's Craco abandoned the town due to a landslide and the danger of a rockfall
© Craco official website
Detroit used to be the biggest car producing center in the US. After the oil crisis in 1973 people started losing their jobs and leaving the city
Detroit used to be the biggest car producing center in the US. After the oil crisis in 1973 people started losing their jobs and leaving the city
Detroit used to be the biggest car producing center in the US. After the oil crisis in 1973 people started losing their jobs and leaving the city
© ITAR-TASS/EPA/JEFF KOWALSKY
Residential areas of the city are now mostly abandoned
Residential areas of the city are now mostly abandoned
Residential areas of the city are now mostly abandoned
© AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
Michael Jackson's native Gary, Indiana, suffered a huge loss of residents because of a rise in unemployment. Many residential buildings today stay empty
Michael Jackson's native Gary, Indiana, suffered a huge loss of residents because of a rise in unemployment. Many residential buildings today stay empty
Michael Jackson's native Gary, Indiana, suffered a huge loss of residents because of a rise in unemployment. Many residential buildings today stay empty
© AP Photo/Joe Raymond
The neighbourhood oof Varosha in Cyprus' Famagusta used to be a touris center before the military conflict in 1974
The neighbourhood oof Varosha in Cyprus' Famagusta used to be a touris center before the military conflict in 1974
The neighbourhood oof Varosha in Cyprus' Famagusta used to be a touris center before the military conflict in 1974
© EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU
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The town of Mologa in Russia's Yaroslavl Region was evacuated and engulfed by water in the 1940's during the construction of the Rybinsk Reservoir and Rybinsk HPP
© Fotokhronika TASS
Neftegorsk in Russia's Sakhalin Region was completely destroyed in a 1995 earthquake. Over 2000 people died in the disaster
© ITAR-TASS/Rolmen Denisov
All citizens of the town of Pripyat in the north of Ukraine were evacuated on April 27, 1986 due to the Chernobyl NPP disaster
© ITAR-TASS/Nikolai Lazarenko
Plymouth, the capital of Montserrat, an overseas territory of the UK, was abandoned by its 4,000 citizens after a series of volcanic eruptions in the 1990's
© AP Photo/Kevin West
The French town of Oradour-sur-Glane was destroyed by German troops during the WWII. A new settlement was built nearby, and the old one is maintained as a memorial and museum
© EPA/YOAN VALAT
Citizens of Italy's Craco abandoned the town due to a landslide and the danger of a rockfall
© Craco official website
Detroit used to be the biggest car producing center in the US. After the oil crisis in 1973 people started losing their jobs and leaving the city
© ITAR-TASS/EPA/JEFF KOWALSKY
Residential areas of the city are now mostly abandoned
© AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
Michael Jackson's native Gary, Indiana, suffered a huge loss of residents because of a rise in unemployment. Many residential buildings today stay empty
© AP Photo/Joe Raymond
The neighbourhood oof Varosha in Cyprus' Famagusta used to be a touris center before the military conflict in 1974
© EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU

On September 14, 1935, a decision was made in the USSR to start construction of the Rybinsk Reservoir. During the construction, the town of Mologa was evacuated and engulfed by water.

The evacuation started in 1937 and lasted for 4 years. In the 1930's  there were over 900 buildings in Mologa, the population was around 7,000 people.

This August, the city's remains, having been under water since 1940's, appeared again due to low water level in the Rybinsk Reservoir.

Other cities abandoned due to economic difficulties, warfare, natural and industrial disasters in this photo gallery by ITAR-TASS.

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