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Eastern Kazakhstan Flood Evacuations Continue

Kazakh university students distribute aid to flood victims near Almaty on March 18.
OSKEMEN, Kazakhstan -- More people are being evacuated from villages in eastern Kazakhstan due to the danger of flooding, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

A further 4,220 people have been evacuated from several villages in the Tarbaghatai district over the past 48 hours.

Melting snow has raised the water level in the Ulanka River in Ulan district, causing flooding in three villages.

Melting snow has also caused massive avalanches in the region. All the main highways in East Kazakhstan Oblast are temporarily closed.