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Russia braces for more floods in Amur
September 2, 2013, 4:33 am

Over 50 towns and villages are flooded across the Khabarovsk Territory and some 1,800 residential buildings have been inundated [AP Images]

Over 50 towns and villages are flooded across the Khabarovsk Territory and some 1,800 residential buildings have been inundated [AP Images]

The flood situation in Russia’s Far East is set to worsen this week with the local meteorology department warning that the waters of the Amur River near the flood-hit city of Khabarovsk may reach a peak level of some 830 cm (27.2 feet) by Thursday.

The forecasted level will surpass the earlier record registered mark of 642 cm by almost two metres, while the critical mark of the water level stands at six metres.

“As of 8:00 am local time on Monday, water levels of the Amur River near the city of Khabarovsk stood at 797 cm [26.1 feet],” local meteorology service said in a statement.

Over 50 towns and villages are flooded across the Khabarovsk Territory and some 1,800 residential buildings have been inundated.

Several weeks of flooding in Russia’s Far East, which according to Russian meteorologists are the worst in the region in 120 years, have affected the Amur and Magadan regions, the Jewish Autonomous Region, and the Khabarovsk and Primorye territories, as well as in the Siberian republic of Yakutia.

The Russian government is considering allocating 12 billion rubles ($360 million) to victims even as Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to deal with the floods.

Source: Agencies

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