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Devastating Floodwaters Continue To Rise In Russian Far East

A flooded house in the village of Vladimirovka, in the Amur region, on August 22
KOMSOMOLSK-NA-AMURE, Russia -- Authorities in the Far Eastern Russian city of Komsomolsk-na-Amure have started evacuating local residents as unprecedented flooding caused by heavy rain continues in the region.

Almost 800 people are being evacuated from the city's Mendeleyev suburb on September 3.

The level of the Amur River near the city continues to rise. Local authorities say some 600 apartment blocks housing up to 50,000 people are threatened.

The regional weather forecast center said on September 3 the flood waters near Komsomolsk-na-Amure would rise until mid-October.

Altogether, 100,000 people have been affected by the floods, which damaged 9,500 homes in the regions of Amur, Khabarovsk, Yakutia, and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in recent days.

Meanwhile, the regional election commission in Khabarovsk approved early voting for local elections in flooded districts on September 3.