Russia – Hundreds Evacuate Floods in Moscow After Average Monthly Rain Falls in a Day

Around 300 people had to be evacuated or rescued from homes and vehicles after heavy rain flooded buildings and streets in Moscow, Russia, on 15 August, 2016.

Moscow recorded 88mm of rain in 24 hours, more than it would normally see for the whole of August.

Russia’s Emergency Ministry, EMERCOM, reported that over 200 people were evacuated their flooded homes and at least 80 people were rescued after they were trapped in vehicles in flooded areas. Roads in parts of the city were flooded, as were the Filyovsky Park, Pionerskaya and Savelovskaya metro stations.

The heavy rain caused the the Yauza river, a tributary of the Moskva River, to burst its banks. There was also widespread as surface flooding in the city and also in some parts of the wider Moscow Oblast area, including Lyubertsy, Leninsky and Mytishchi.

Much of the flood water has since started to recede and no fatalities were reported.

EMERCOM say that emergency teams are assessing the damage and will provide assistance to any victims. More than 2,100 people and 890 units of equipment, including teams and equipment from the Russian Emergency Ministry, are involved in dealing with the clear up and aftermath.

Rainfall

The average monthly rainfall in Moscow for August is 77 mm, according to WMO.

Rainfall figures below are from WMO for a 24 hour period between 14 and 15 August, 2016.

  • Moskow – 88 mm
  • Pavlovsky Posad, Moskow Oblast – 66 mm
  • Ponyri, Kursk Oblast – 77 mm

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Flood summary

Last updated: August 17, 2016
Event
Moscow, Russia, August 2016
Date
August 14 to August 16, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Evacuations and flood rescues were carried out in Moscow and surrounding areas after heavy rain caused floods on 15 August, 2016.

Locations

A - Lyubertsy
B - Leninsky
C - Mytishchi
D - Pionerskaya
E - Savelovskaya
F - Filyovsky Park

Magnitude

Rainfall level
88 mm in 24 hours
Moscow - August 14 to August 15, 2016

Damages

Evacuated
200 people
August 14 to August 15, 2016
Rescued
80 people
August 14 to August 15, 2016