Thousands Displaced by Siberia Floods

Between 7,000 and 10,000 people have been displaced by floods in Siberia, Russia, mostly in the border areas with Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

The Altai Region, Altai Republic, Khakassia Republic, Tuva Republic and Buryatia Republic have all been affected. A state of emergency has been declared in the worst hit areas.

Six people have been reported as killed in the floods so far. Substantial damage to roads and transport infrastructure, including bridges. Over 230 km of roads have been damaged in Altai Republic alone. Over 4,000 homes in over 50 different towns and villages have been damaged since the floods first struck on 29 May 2014.

The flooding seems to be getting worse in some areas. As of 01 June 2014, the river levels are still rising near the city of Biysk in Altai Territory, where the level now stands at 6 metres 84 cm.