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More than 370 dwelling houses were inundated in the Russian Far East
According to data of the Far Eastern center of the Russian Ministry for Emergencies, 200 houses were flooded in the city of Skovorodino, Amur Region, and 72 in the town of Solovyovsk. In the Yakutia Republic, the Lena River flooded over 100 houses. The village of Severnye Koryaki, Kamchatka Peninsula, fared better: only two homes were inundated there. Constant control over changing water levels was organized on rivers in Yakutia, the Amur Region and Kamchatka. The Kamchatka authorities registered a rise in water levels on rivers. Waters flooded fields in some areas of the peninsula, scouring highways and inundating villages. The most difficult situation is on the Avacha River near the village of Severnye Koryaki with a population of 178 (Yelizovo district) where the state of emergency has been announced. Waters have reached unfavorable levels on the Kamchatka and Kirganik rivers in the Milkovsky and Ust-Kamchatsky districts. Waters edged up on dangerous levels on the Bolshaya Bystraya River near the village of Malki, Yelizovo district, and on the Avacha River in the city of Yelizovo and the village of Dalny. The Amchigacha River in the Ust-Bolsheretsk district threatens to inundate partially the town of Ust-Bolsheretsk. A powerful cyclone swooped down on the Primorye Territory and already interrupted the ferry service between the city of Vladivostok and the Russky and Popov islands which are regarded as part of the city. According to forecasts of weathermen, heavy precipitations will sweep across the entire territory. It is expected that rains will raise water levels by 2.5 meters in the Lazovsky, Partizansk, Olginsky, Khasansky, Oktyabrsky, Mikhailovsky, Chuguyevo and the Ussuri districts as well as in Vladivostok, which may result in inundating villages and towns. All appropriate services in the territory were put on red alert. The Vladivostok authorities worked out a plan to brave an emergency situation. According to the above forecast, it will be raining two days. The heaviest rains will be on the night of June 16. Eastern Siberia is also facing a difficult flood situation. Torrential rains in the Trans-Baikal area caused a water rise in the Vitim River, a tributary of the Lena. The water level topped 12 meters there. The river may again overflow its banks and flood anew villages in the Lensky, Olekminsky, Khangalassky and other Yakutia districts. The Irkutsk Region also registered a sharp rise in the water level in the Vitim River: waters rose by 1.5 meters near the city of Bodaibo over the past 24 hours, and waters will inundate its flood-lands if river waters rise another 25 cm. Fifteen houses with a population of 40 were flooded in the village of Nelyaty, Chita Region, located on the Vitim bank. The water level in the river rose by nearly 1.5 meters or 0.4 meters higher than the critical mark. The evacuation of people from the flooded zone continues now.
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