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Evacuations Continue In Russia's Flood-Ridden Far East

The settlement of Vladimirskoye in the Amur region of Russia's Far East
Russian military and firefighting units are continuing evacuation work in Russia's Far East, which has been stricken by two weeks of heavy flooding.

Army servicemen using boats and aircraft have evacuated some 550 people from the Jewish Autonomous Region, a territory located along the banks of the Amur River.

Emergency workers say the Amur, swollen by heavy rain, is expected to continue to rise to as much as eight meters over its normal level in the coming days.

Rescue crews have raced to build 1,000 meters of dykes and lay 7,000 sandbags in an effort to prevent floodwaters from submerging nearby towns.

Over 50,000 people have been affected by the disaster, which is considered Russia's worst flooding in 120 years.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and