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Boat taxis needed in Ussuryisk after flooding in the wake of Typhoon Goni

By Olga Gertcyk
28 August 2015

Homes underwater in this Far East city, but Russia escapes the worst of destruction.

The Russian coastline saw huge waves and there was a washout in Ussuryisk where locals entrepreneurs started charging 50 roubles a boat ride to stranded homeowners.  Picture: Alina Matveeva

Ahead of the typhoon, the east of Russia was put on alert, but the impact from Goni was minimal compared with other countries in the region. 

Flooding in neighbouring North Korea, for example, killed 40 people and 11,000 were forced from their homes. 

The Russian coastline saw huge waves and there was a washout in Ussuryisk where locals entrepreneurs started charging 50 roubles (75 US cents) a boat ride to stranded homeowners. 

Flooding Ussuriysk


Flooding Ussuriysk


Flooding Ussuriysk


Flooding Ussuriysk


Flooding Ussuriysk

In all, 42 residential buildings - with 428 residents - were flooded  in Ussuryisk as were apartment blocks in nearby villages. Pictures: Dmitrij P, Alina Matveeva, Ussuryisk Duma press office

Maksim, whose house was submerged, said: 'Our houses are new, I have been living here since May this year, but my friends told me they have never seen anything similar. They say it's because of the location, my house is on low lying land.' 

Cars were flooded, too, and needed to be moved by emergency services. In all, 42 residential buildings - with 428 residents - were flooded  in Ussuryisk as were apartment blocks in nearby villages.

The villages of Yakonovka, Krounovka, Kuguki, and Korsakovka were cut off because the flood destroyed a bridge. More rain was forecast. 

Comments (1)

Ha-ha. Amusing. I like the choice of words: referring to exploiters in times of distress as entrepreneurs. They rescue stranded people by boat charging them 50 roubles. But would they refuse to rescue an elderly sick person if he/she didn't have 50 roubles? Where are the local authorities to coordinate and manage rescue work?
jaycee, South Africa
01/09/2015 13:11
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