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Amur River Still Rising, Khabarovsk Prepares Evacuation

Russian emergency workers erect a dam in a flooded street in Khabarovsk on August 21.
Authorities say the water level in the Amur River near the city of Khabarovsk in Russia's Far East has reached a height of 696 centimeters as unprecedented floods caused by heavy rains continue.

The mayor of Khabarovsk, Aleksandr Sokolov, told journalists on August 21 that the mass evacuation of residents from some of the city's districts will start when the water level reaches 780 centimeters.

Sokolov added that temporary shelters for 4,500 people have been prepared and more shelters capable of temporarily housing up to 10,000 people will be ready soon.

About 300 buildings in the city of 600,000 have been already damaged by the floods.

Thousands of people have been already evacuated from Amur, Khabarovsk, Yakutia, and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in recent days.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS