Floods Affect over 50 000 in Russia's Far East
Over 50,000 people have now been affected by devastating floods in Russia’s Far East, the country’s Far East Development Ministry said Friday.
More than 2,000 houses in the Amur Region have been so badly damaged by the floods that homeowners will have to be provided with alternative accommodation temporarily, local authorities said
So far, some 20,000 people have been evacuated from the flooded zones in the Russian Far East, while hundreds more are refusing to leave their homes, RIA Novosti informs.
Over 40,000 people in the Far East are currently involved in relief and rescue operations in the Amur Region, the Khabarovsk Territory and the Jewish Autonomous Region following heavy rains that caused the Amur River to burst its banks.
According to the report, Deputy Minister of Regional Development Sergei Nazarov announced earlier in the week that a total of RUB 3.2 B (USD 97 M) has been allocated for the rescue operations as well as those affected by the floods.
This is while local weather forecasters predict the level of the Amur River will only begin to subside in late September or early October.
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