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Russia: Army blows up massive river jam in Russia's Far East01:34

Russia: Army blows up massive river jam in Russia's Far East

Russian Federation, Khabarovsk region
February 1, 2019 at 11:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian army sappers carried out a series of explosions in Khabarovsk Region on Friday in an effort to blow up a massive boulder that was blocking the Bureya River.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, more than ten tons of TNT were used to tackle the jam caused by a landslide, which had happened in the area in the beginning of December.

It was reportedly the fifth series of operations aimed at freeing the river, which has the largest regional hydropower plant with gravity dam built on it. The final phase of the works is set to be accomplished until February 18.

"We've been working in difficult conditions, for about a week. We've carried out quite many tasks, but we still have a lot to do in order to increase the water flow," said one of the sappers participating in the operation.

According the MoD, 540 people, 49 units of military and special equipment as well as six army helicopters have been deployed to the mission.

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Russian army sappers carried out a series of explosions in Khabarovsk Region on Friday in an effort to blow up a massive boulder that was blocking the Bureya River.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, more than ten tons of TNT were used to tackle the jam caused by a landslide, which had happened in the area in the beginning of December.

It was reportedly the fifth series of operations aimed at freeing the river, which has the largest regional hydropower plant with gravity dam built on it. The final phase of the works is set to be accomplished until February 18.

"We've been working in difficult conditions, for about a week. We've carried out quite many tasks, but we still have a lot to do in order to increase the water flow," said one of the sappers participating in the operation.

According the MoD, 540 people, 49 units of military and special equipment as well as six army helicopters have been deployed to the mission.