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Floodwaters Hit Russian Far East

More than 1,200 homes in Russia's Far Eastern city of Komsomolsk are underwater and some 13,500 people are living in a disaster area. Regional officials are giving a one-time handout of 10,000 rubles ($310) to those affected by the disaster. Long lines have formed in the area waiting for the money. RFERL Tatar-Bashkir Service correspondent Ira Tazieva reported from Komsomolsk on October 1 and took these photos.

Komsomolsk resident Artur Mingalimov prepares his boat to return home.
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Komsomolsk resident Artur Mingalimov prepares his boat to return home.

A  man paddles down the flooded streets of a Komsomolsk neighborhood.
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A man paddles down the flooded streets of a Komsomolsk neighborhood.

Flood waters engulf the city even after the rain has stopped.
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Flood waters engulf the city even after the rain has stopped.

Thousands fled their homes in the Far Eastern city, which has a population of nearly 300,000.
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Thousands fled their homes in the Far Eastern city, which has a population of nearly 300,000.

A man makes his way through a flooded street.
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A man makes his way through a flooded street.

Resident Rafik Fayzullin near his home in Komsomolsk.
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Resident Rafik Fayzullin near his home in Komsomolsk.

Russian TV journalists report from the scene.
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Russian TV journalists report from the scene.

An aerial view of part of the flooded city.
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An aerial view of part of the flooded city.

More flooded streets in a neighborhood in Komsomolsk.
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More flooded streets in a neighborhood in Komsomolsk.

Another home is unreachable because of the high flood waters.
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Another home is unreachable because of the high flood waters.

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