Friday, August 23, 2013

Record floods threaten major city in Russian far east

Terra Daily via AFP: Russians in the Far East on Friday scrambled to contain record floods which have affected more than 50,000 people and threatened to paralyse one of the region's biggest cities.

Heavy rains pounding the Far East over the past weeks swelled local rivers, with floodwaters wreaking havoc in Khabarovsk, a city of nearly 600,000 that sits at the confluence of the Amur and Ussury rivers near a Chinese border.

The military were deployed to help hurriedly erect defences against the floodwaters which halted transport in some areas of the city and reached high-rise residential buildings.

Amid fresh concerns that the Russian government was ill-prepared to handle natural disasters, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he would soon personally inspect some of the affected areas....

This aerial view of Khabarovsk gives you an idea of its vulnerability to floods. Shot by MyBigFlight, Wiikimeda Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

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