Russian officials say over 50,000 in its Far East region are affected by floods
Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:14AM
This is while local weather forecasters predict the level of the Amur River will only begin to subside in late September or early October."More than 50,000 people in Russia’s far eastern region have been affected by devastating floods, according to authorities. Russia’s Far East Development Ministry announced Friday that over 2,000 houses in the Amur Region were severely damaged by the floods, requiring alternative and temporary housing, RIA Novosti reports.
Moreover, some 20,000 residents have so far been evacuated from the flooded regions in the Russian Far East, while hundreds of others are reportedly refusing to leave their homes.According to local authorities, more than 40,000 people in the country’s Far East are currently engaged in relief and rescue operations in the Amur, the Khabarovsk Territory and the Jewish Autonomous Region, following severe 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 3.2 billion rubles (USD97 million) has been allocated for the rescue operations as well as those affected by the floods. Meanwhile, Russian and Chinese Prime Ministers Dmitry Medvedev and Li Keqiang have agreed on mutual assistance in dealing with floods that have hit both countries, authorities in Moscow have reported. In a Thursday telephone conversation between the two top officials, the Russian premier expressed condolences to his Chinese counterpart over the death toll from floods in China that has reportedly exceeded 100. This is while local weather forecasters predict the level of the Amur River will only begin to subside in late September or early October. MFB/MFB