Russia – The Far East is threatened by another wave of floods

Regions of the Russian Far East are threatened by another wave of flooding after several days of heavy rains that caused a rise in river water levels.

Head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia Evgeny Zinichev visited areas of Amur and Jewish Autonomous Regions (regions) on August 07, 2021. He characterized the situation as “extremely difficult.

In the Amur region the water level in rivers Amur, Zeya, Selemdzha, Tom and Zavitaya exceeds the flood level. As of August 09 182 houses were flooded, including 67 in Belogorsky District, 12 in Blagoveshchensk, 25 in Seryshevsky District and 19 in Selemdzhinsky District. Over 50 people evacuated from their homes and were in 3 temporary shelters. Furthermore, 1 bridge was damaged and 40 road sections were flooded, as a result 28 settlements found themselves cut off from roads.

Districts of the Amur region were affected by the previous wave of flooding in June this year.

The Minister also visited districts of the Jewish Autonomous Region, where 17 settlements, mainly in Obluchensky and Leninsky districts, were subjected to flooding from the Amur River. As of August 9, 3 roads, over 1 500 hectares of agricultural land and 27 homestead lands were flooded.

Minor flooding from the Amur River in Khabarovsk Krai was reported in the city of Khabarovsk and other districts. Flooding affected some districts of the region in May this year after snow melting and ice jams caused the Amur River to overflow.

Rivers in Zabaikalsky Krai are also rising, including the Argun and Ingoda rivers. Flooding occurred in the area in late July of this year.

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