50 Days of Floods in Khabarovsk

Finally, around 50 days after the state of emergency was first declared, the flood warnings for the Khabarovsk region in Russia’s far east have been lifted.

Russia’s Emergency Situations Minister, Vladimir Puchkov, made the announcement on Thursday. The state of emergency was first declared after flooding struck on 8th August 2013. Flood alerts in the Amur region and the Jewish autonomous region were lifted a few days earlier on 17th September.

The flood disaster was described as the worst in over a century. It covered a vast area, something around 8 million square kilometres, (see our before and after flood map of the region here) and lasted an incredible 50 days or so. One other remarkable feature of the flooding situation throughout Russia’s far eastern region was the lack of fatalities. Despite the floods affecting thousands, with around 35,000 being evacuated and 12,000 homes destroyed, there were no deaths reported as a result of floods.

Sadly, the hard work of cleaning up and repairing the damage now faces a weary population heading into the winter months. Many homes have been destroyed, and roads damaged or covered in mud and silt. The federal government has allocated around $12 billion for repairs. Compensation is also being made available for those who suffered severe damage to homes and property.

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Sources: St Petersburg Times