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Flooding in the Far East of Russia reaches its most dangerous moment from swollen rivers

By The Siberian Times reporter
02 September 2013

Defences were breached in Komsomolsk-on-Amur engulfing several villages, as forced evacuation rise.

Today the waters at Komsomolsk-on-Amur were up to 803 centimetres, by 102 centimetres above the rating of record flooding from 1959. Picture: youtube

Water levels in the city of Khabarovsk mean thousands could be forced to evacuate in the coming days. Many are fearful to leave, concerned their water-logged properties can be looted, say locals in stricken regions. 

Concern on Monday focused on the villages of Molodezhniy and Kharpensky close to Komsomolsk-on-Amur, with  rescuers carrying our an emergency evacuation. People are forced to leave their homes even if they initially refused because of the high risk to their lives for staying after flood defences burst.  A dozen were reported to be refusing to quit. 

Some houses were completely underwater. 223 houses were flooded. Residents were evacuated to temporary shelters, specially arranged for them, or to their family members. New dikes were being built in industrial city Komsomolsk-on-Amur to a height of 9.20 metres.

On his return from a prolonged visit to the stricken regions, President Vladimir Putin flew to the large Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk - outside the flood zone - calling for governor Lev Kuznetsov to take personal control of airlifting supplies of coal, foods and other essentials to areas in the east that have suffered from the deluge.

'I know there have already been contacts with the companies in your region on the coal deliveries. Perhaps it is to think through the basic foods delivery, like potato and vegetables. Perhaps some help will be needed with building materials. We will try to assist in sorting the transportation issues and the rates, but I am asking you to control this question,' said the president who has called for the authorities to do more to assist the needy.

flooding 2013 the Far East of Russia


flooding 2013 the Far East of Russia


flooding 2013 the Far East of Russia

Water levels in the city of Khabarovsk mean thousands could be forced to evacuate in the coming days. Pictures: youtube

On Monday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered government ministries and local authorities in the Far East to draw up spending proposals to fund the clear-up following the catastrophic floods. 

Today the waters at Komsomolsk-on-Amur were up to 803 centimetres, by 102 centimetres above the rating of record flooding from 1959. The water level in the Amur River close to Khabarovsk was 797 centimetres. It is forecast to rise to 830 centimetres.

Apartment blocks in four streets are being evacuated as well as residents from private houses. 

As many as 115 towns, settlements and villages are located in the flood area in Amur Region, Khabarovsk Territory and the Jewish Autonomous Region, the regional emergencies centre said.

Despite the crisis, over 133,000 children in Khabarovsk region attended schools on Monday despite the state of emergency caused by the deluge.

Comments (1)

This flood sound bad. It kind of sounds like the flood that happened in the bible the great flood that Noah and his wife and sons and there wives were on. Noah put 7 pairs of each kind of animals but not dinosaurs, and after a year when dry land finally appeared Noah and all of the animals came off but Noah sacrificed two of each kind of animals to GOD. You are probley wondering what about the swimming dinosaurs well the air was different so all the dinosaurs and mammoths died.
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