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Hydrologists have registered a two-centimetre water level decrease in the Zeya reservoir in the Amur region on Wednesday
Hydrologists have registered a two-centimetre water level decrease in the Zeya reservoir in the Amur region on Wednesday. The water level is currently at the mark 318.64 metres, the Zeya hydropower plant directorate told Itar-Tass. “The situation in the emergency zone is now relatively stable,” Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Alexander Chupriyan who arrived in the Amur region on Wednesday said. The water inflow in the Zeya reservoir over the past day was 4,760 cubic metres per second and it has levelled with the volume of water discharge through the NPP floodgate. Discharges of 4,700 cubic metres per second will be maintained until July 28. After that, the deputy minister said, “decisions will be made taking into account the situation assessment and new circumstances.” Rains are expected in the next two days in the Amur region. “They may again aggravate the situation. We are ready to respond to the emergency no matter according to which scenario it develops. We hope for the better, but nevertheless are also prepared for the worse,” said Chupriyan. A total of 427 people, including 100 children have been evacuated from the flood zone in the Ovsyanka, Alekseyevka settlements and Zeya town. A complex of prevention measures has been taken – a 1,200-long and two-metre high dam has been built in Ovsyanka for the protection of houses and electric substation in case of increased water discharges. Dams have also been built in Zeya and in the Nikolayevka settlement. A tent camp has been set up in Ovsyanka. The group of the emergencies ministry forces comprises 735 specialists. A total of 208 machinery units, including 102 waterborne vehicles, the Antonov-74 plane, as well as Mi-26 and Mi-8 helicopters have been dispatched to the emergency zone. Rescuers are on duty in all populated localities that are threatened with floods. Rescuers have set up 22 reception stations for evacuated population. Russia’s Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Rosgidromet) told Itar-Tass on Wednesday that intermittent rains that are expected in the next two days in the basin of the Zeya reservoir will not cause a drastic increase in the water level in rivers flowing into the reservoir. According to weathermen, a low water level is observed in most rivers of the Amur River basin with the water level 0.5-2.5 metres below the norm. High water levels are observed only in the Amur region. A difficult hydrological situation has persisted in the Zeya reservoir - major water discharges from the Zeya hydropower plant dam continue, Rosgidromet specialists said. Hydro posts and rescue teams have been deployed in each of 15 settlements threatened with flooding. Information stands for the population with online data on water discharges and the levels of water in the Zeya River lower the HPP dam. Inspectors have not discovered reasons for the critical growth of the level in the Zeya hydropower plant’s dam lake, the Federal Atomic, Technical and Environmental Supervisory Service said earlier. In the words of the inspectors, the technical condition of the Bureya hydropower plant is satisfactory. Pouring rains have raised the level of dam lakes to critical, the outflow has been enlarged, and several villages have been flooded. The regional governor announced the state of emergency in the Zeya and Tynda districts, and representatives of the Emergency Situations Ministry were sent to every prospective flood zone. On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin ordered the federal government to help the flood-stricken Amur region. “You should give more attention to people’s needs,” he said. “The people may have to be resettled. We must help that region.” In the opinion of the Anti-Stikhiya Centre of the Emergency Situations Ministry, the outflow from dam lakes will be excessive until the middle of August. Governor of the Amur region Nikolai Kolesov said at a meeting with residents of Ovsyanka that all families that lived in the island part of the settlement that has been inundated “will be resettled to Blagoveshchensk and Uglegorsk.” With this end in view the authorities are purchasing 4,000 square metres of housing in the regional centre and 1,500 square metres of housing in Uglegorsk. “You will not have to return to houses that are now inundated,” the governor told Ovsyanka residents. Water discharges through the hydropower plant’s floodgate are gradually increasing. The hope has emerged that the situation will be stabilised with the water discharges of 5,000-5,500 cubic metres of water per second.
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