Record Rain Floods Magadan in Russia’s Far East

A record 170 mm of rain in 36 hours has hit the Magadan Oblast region in Russia’s Far East with widespread flooding, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Floods in Maagadan, Russia, July 2014. Photo: Alexey B Kurkino @ twitter
Floods in Maagadan, Russia, 23 July 2014. Photo: Alexey B Kurkino @ twitter

Magdan, the port town and administrative centre for the region of has been affected by the floods. The Magadanka River has been turned into a raging torrent. So much so that two Russian military jets which were part of a public display in the museum of military equipment have been washed away from their pedestals.

Flood Warning for Russian Far East

Russian Emergencies Ministry, EMERCON, has warned of possible floods across 5 regions in Russia’s Far East. Heavy rainfall between 22 July to 25 July will increase river levels in Magadan Oblast, Amur Oblast, Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic and Khabarovsk Krai.

50 Days Under Water

In August last year, Russia’s Far East suffered what became known as the worst floods in a century. Vast areas of the region – 400,000 square miles – were under water for an epic 50 days or more.

Some social media comments and photos of the currrent flood situation in Russia’s Far East.

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