A dam burst in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in Russia’s Far Eastern region, after water levels of the Amur River rose. Around 300 houses have been flooded, affecting almost 1,000 people in a suburb of Komsomolsk. At least 700 people have been evacuated – some by helicopter – with more possibly to follow. The suburb is known as the Mendeleyev settlement, which is home to around 4,500 people
Water levels of the Amur River have been at danger levels for some time. In Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the levels of the Amur River are reported as growing by 13cm to 15 cm per day. The river levels stood at 8.71 metres on 7th September. With river levels so high, increased pressure on flood defences such as levees and dams is inevitable. The dam breaking at Mendeleyev had been expected by some local residents. According to RT, a Mendeleyev local said, “We were waiting for the burst, it didn’t happen and finally it happened today. We should be thankful it didn’t happen at night. He added that flood water from the breaking dam found its way into the streets of his suburb within 1 and a half hours.
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