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Khabarovsk Braces For Flooding

Authorities in Russia's eastern city of Khabarovsk near the Chinese border are warning residents of the area to prepare for more flooding as the waters of the Amur River continue to rise.

The warning on August 8 came as the local branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said the water level in the Amur River had risen 13 centimeters in the previous 24 hours.

The meteorological department in Russia's Far East is predicting that current elevated water levels ought to remain through August 11, but is warning that they should rise again by as much as 100 centimeters more starting August 14.

The Emergency Situations Ministry has ordered that temporary camps be set up in the city of more than half a million people, where flooding is expected to peak on August 16-17.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax

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