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Thousands flee homes after floods hit eastern Russia

20/08/13 16:08 CET

More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from flood-hit areas in Russia’s far east.

The Amur river and a major tributary, the Zeya, near the Chinese border burst their banks after heavy rain.

The army and emergency workers have set up more than 150 temporary shelters providing drinking water, hot food and medical supplies.

The capital of the Amur region, Blagoveshchensk, has so far escaped the flooding. Local residents say if the waters rise further, the small dam currently holding back the waters may not be enough.

The flooding is said to be the region’s worst for 120 years.

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