Unprecedented Floodwaters Continue To Rise In Russia's Far East
PHOTO GALLERY: Locals have been evacuated and services halted in a number of regions, including the inundated village of Ust-Ivanovka in the Amur Oblast.
The level of the Amur River near the city of Khabarovsk in Russia's Far East has reached a record high of 750 centimeters as devastating floods caused by heavy rains continue.
Dams have been quickly built near Khabarovsk to protect two major power stations from water levels as high as 900 centimeters.
The presidential envoy in the Far East, Viktor Ishaev, said on August 28 that heating system in the city will be seriously affected by the floods.
Ishaev added that the coal and gold mining industries as well as farms in the region have been severely damaged.
He said some towns in the regions of Amur, Khabarovsk, Yakutia, and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast will be rebuilt in new, flood-safe areas.
The floods, which are considered Russia's worst in 120 years, are expected to last for a month.
Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax