Thousands affected by flooding in Russia, more overflow expected

Aug. 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A Russian Emergency Ministry spokesman said Friday floods in three Far East regions of Russia have affected nearly 28,500 people and flooded 4,380 houses.

A total of 14,660 people have been evacuated from the affected areas, RIA Novosti said.

On Friday, the water level in the Amur River rose by nearly 32 feet in the Jewish Autonomous Region, flooding 119 houses in the village of Leninskoye.

About 1,100 people have been evacuated from the area in the past 24 hours, and 355 of the residents are in temporary accommodation centers in schools and cultural centers.

Thousands of feet of dams have been erected around the village in an attempt to restrain the Amur, ITAR-Tass reported.

The Emergency Ministry spokesman said 50 workers have reported to the village to fight the flood.

More floodwater is expected from China as the cyclone season revs up. Specialists forecast a flood wave from the Amur and Tunguska rivers will sweep through the region in the next month.

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