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Flood Alert Still In Force In Eastern Kazakhstan

OSKEMEN, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan's Emergency Situations Ministry has announced that 36 towns and villages in East Kazkahstan Oblast with a population of nearly 40,000 people are in danger of being flooded, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

Melting snow combined with rain has caused floods that have hit several districts in the region. The announcement was made on March 26.

About 1,500 private homes, more than 1,000 commercial buildings and more than 50 livestock farms have been damaged or fully destroyed since March 18.

Thousands of local residents have evacuated and tens of thousands of head of livestock were killed by the floods.

On March 13, at least 41 people died when flood waters burst two dams in southeastern Kazakhstan.