Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has transferred his monthly salary into a fund to help victims of the massive flooding in Russia's Far East.
Russia's Ministry for Far East Development confirmed Medvedev's transfer of the money on September 5, adding other government officials had also donated from their salaries to boost the relief fund by some 18.5 million rubles (more than $500,000).
Irina Prossius of Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said that more than 82,000 people in the Far East had suffered from the flooding and that the government planned to provide each victim with compensation of 100,000 rubles (some $3,000).
Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said that the Amur River was now lower in the Khabarovsk area but warned that downstream areas were starting to be hit by the worst flooding the region has seen in more than 100 years.
Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax