Record floods hit Russian border area

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Devastating floods along Russia’s border with China could force 100-thousand people out of their homes.

Villages in the Amur region and in the Jewish Autonomous District have been engulfed. Water levels have reached six metres in some places.

Officials say the floods, brought on by unusually heavy rains, are the biggest to hit the area in 120 years.

Around 15-thousand people have already been evacuated. They are now taking refuge in emergency shelters.

The government is flying in aid to help those in the worst affected areas.

The flood waters are not expected to recede for several days.