After the failure of the dam in Mendeleyev settlement, a suburb of Komsomolsk, there is further bad news for the Russian city.
The Khabarovsk department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry reported that the levels of the Amur river at Komsomolsk rose by 8cm in a 24 hour period, and stand at 8.95 metres, as of Tuesday 10th September. But possibly the worst is still to come. The river levels aren’t expected to peak until later this week or early next week. Forecasters believe that the river levels then could be almost 1 metre higher than they stand now, reaching as high as 9.8 metres.
The authorities also reported that nearly 700 homes or residential buildings have been flooded, leaving 7,700 people either homeless or struggling to live in flooded conditions. 2,690 people have been evacuated from the city, including 753 children.
Komsomolsk is also known as Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and, as the full name suggests, is situated on the Amur river, in Khabarovsk Krai (territory), in Russia’s Far Eastern Region. In total, 74 villages or towns have been flooded across the region, damaging 2,700 homes.