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Noah's Ark flooded in western Siberia as animals rescued in emergency operation

By The Siberian Times reporter
14 April 2016

Residents marooned on rooftops after snow melt and heavy rain causes Karasul River to burst its banks.

The rescue operation lasted until late at night on Monday, and flood waters remains high due to melting snow. Picture: Emergency Ministry in Tyumen region

More than 500 houses were flooded in the town of Ishim, with 830 people evacuated and an operation undertaken to save animals in the local petting zoo called Noah's Ark. 

Locals clung to their rooftops rather than abandon their homes and risk looters stealing their belongings.

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Flood in Ishim


Flood in Ishim


Flood in Ishim


Flood in Ishim

More than 500 houses were flooded in the town of Ishim, with 830 people evacuated. Pictures: Viktor Shestakov, Emergency Ministry in Tyumen region

The emergencies services are supplying them with food and water. At Noah's Ark, a camel, a donkey, a goats, and many smaller animals and many birds were saved.

A total of 15 horses were also saved from the flooded grounds. Rescuers were still trying to pull dogs out from the worst-hit areas.

The rescue operation lasted until late at night on Monday, and flood waters remained high due to melting snow. Neighbouring villages were also flooded and 'cut off from the outside world', according to reports. 

Rescue operation undertaken to save animals in the local petting zoo called Noah's Ark. Pictures:  Emergency Ministry in Tyumen region, Lifenews

Flood in Ishim


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Rescue operation


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Rescue operation

Comments (6)

The toughest of people have a soft spot in their hearts for helping animals in need. Thank you for covering this story.
Brian Erdrich, Alaska, USA
20/04/2016 10:35
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Global warming - it's not going to get better, and if we don't stop burning fossil fuels like crazy things are going to get a lot, lot worse.
Steve, Medway UK
17/04/2016 04:13
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Thank you for sharing this very heartwarming story and I agree with everyone's comments. I hope the flood waters have subsided and people and their pets are able to safely return to settle back into your homes. Thank you to all the emergency responders and to all the people helping each other for setting a wonderful example of how we all should behave.
Pamela Tetarenko, League City, USA
17/04/2016 01:02
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Nice, says great things about the character of people when they take care of all the living organisms.
Andres Suarez, Cancun, Mexico
16/04/2016 05:53
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When everything is said and done, the animals we surround ourselves with reflect our humanity back at us. They teach us how to be human by touching our innocence inside with their own. Life is a formative grooming process for the world where next we migrate. The same is true for them. And We will not go there alone. Not go there as a single lordly species. What kind of heaven would that be? The people, the pets, all that we love and are loved by will speak for us on that great getting up day. And if a band of angels shows up as my grandmother believed and has a meeting in the middle of the air, why not that? We are all great and small aspects of God Thank you for this glimpse into your world and into your hearts. I would love to visit one day. Thank you again
mike hutchings, USA
14/04/2016 20:44
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De belles images de SOLIDARITE .Merci ! Cela fait chaud au coeur ...

Beautiful SOLIDARITY ' pictures. Thanks !
Jocelyne, FRANCE
14/04/2016 20:14
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