Russia Far East Flood Update

Constant heavy rain over several weeks has resulted in record floods across the region of Russia’s Far East. The area now covered by the floods is almost incomprehensible in its vastness. Reports claim that currently the afflicted area is 400,000 square miles – well over twice the size of California.

On Tuesday 3rd September, the Russian authorities said that a further 36,000 people have been evacuated in the Khabarovsk region due to rising river levels. Many of the evacuated are living in army barracks. So far there are no reports of any deaths as a result of the flooding. An estimated 100,000 people have been affected and 3,000 people needed hospital treatment as a result the floods.

The city of Khabarovsk stands at the confluence of Amur and Ussuri Rivers, both of which have seen record levels/ Khabarovsk has a population of 600,000 and is one of the worst affected areas. reporting on the current river levels in Khabarovsk, Yury Varakin, head of the situation centre at Russian state weather service Rosgidromet said that:

“The water is still rising and expected to reach the level of 820-830 centimeters in Khabarovsk by the weekend (7th September) and 930-980 centimeters in Komsomolsk-on-Amur next week”.

Forecasts say that the floods will peak at the mouth of the Amur river in around 15 to 20 days’ time. Even then the water will take several weeks to recede completely.

Back on 26th August FloodList reported that the far eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk was holding its breath as water levels of the Amur and Ussuri Rivers were rising to danger levels. The whole region has endured floods for the last few weeks. On 22nd August Nasa Earth Observatory released satellite images of before and after the floods, giving an idea of the scale of the floods, esecially around the Amur and Ussuri Rivers. For more information on the map images, see our original post here.

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Sources: Inquirer; RTBH