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Russia: Military moves in to help Amur flood victims

Russian Federation, Russia's far-east
August 17, 2013 at 14:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Military moves in to help Amur flood victims

With thousands already affected, flooding in Russia's far-east is expected to reach its peak next week as emergency workers, soldiers and local residents step up efforts to tackle the disaster.

The Amur River burst its banks following heavy rain, submerging over one million square kilometres of land in one of the largest-ever floods in the country's far-east.

Water levels are expected to hit their highest mark next week, with three large regions already affected: Amur Oblast, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, and the Khabarovsk region.

Around 32,000 people have been left stricken by the disaster, with over half having been relocated by emergency crews. Over 400,000 hectares of farmland have been covered, causing an estimated $60m (€45m) worth of damage. Up to 100,000 people may still need to be evacuated from their homes.

Authorities have dispatched army units to help tackle the crisis. The disaster, caused by heavy downpours in early July, is not expected to start receding until early September.

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Russia: Military moves in to help Amur flood victims

With thousands already affected, flooding in Russia's far-east is expected to reach its peak next week as emergency workers, soldiers and local residents step up efforts to tackle the disaster.

The Amur River burst its banks following heavy rain, submerging over one million square kilometres of land in one of the largest-ever floods in the country's far-east.

Water levels are expected to hit their highest mark next week, with three large regions already affected: Amur Oblast, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, and the Khabarovsk region.

Around 32,000 people have been left stricken by the disaster, with over half having been relocated by emergency crews. Over 400,000 hectares of farmland have been covered, causing an estimated $60m (€45m) worth of damage. Up to 100,000 people may still need to be evacuated from their homes.

Authorities have dispatched army units to help tackle the crisis. The disaster, caused by heavy downpours in early July, is not expected to start receding until early September.

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