#AceNewsServices – SIBERIA – June 01 – As a result of the flooding that devastated parts of Siberia, some 10,000 people have had to be evacuated, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry reports. “40 temporary displacement shelters have been set up.
More than 10,000 people have been moved out of their homes, of which 1,500 have been settled, including 530 children,” they told Itar-Tass.
Large areas of the Altay region, as well as of Khakasiya and Tuva remain submerged, with 4,000 houses in 50 different towns underwater. Their population comes to about 11,500 people.
There is substantial damage to roads, and six bridges have been damaged as well. The impact of the flooding is so severe that relief efforts now include over 17,000 rescue workers.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated and tens of thousands left without power after heavy floods struck southern Siberia. A state of emergency has been introduced in three regions.
Those areas are the Altai region, Khakassia Republic, and Altai Republic, said Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov, who added that a “high alert” has been issued for two other regions – Tuva Republic and Buryatia Republic.
Meanwhile, Puchkov also noted that other regions are at risk from the flooding – such as Sakha (Yakutia) Republic and the Amur region – due to the fact that rivers in southern Siberia have responded quickly to the heavy rains.
In the Altai Republic alone, the flooding has already destroyed 230 kilometres of roads and 1.5 kilometres of a federal highway which links Russia with Mongolia.
Fifteen bridges were washed away.
Heavy floods swallowed up nearly 1,000 houses in Altai Republic, where up to 3,500 people – including 927 children – live.
Hundreds are now homeless and have been forced to seek shelter in temporary accommodation centres.
Emergency services have confirmed that one person has died and three are missing.
Several areas in the republic have been left without electricity after heavy rain brought down 48 utility poles.
Humanitarian aid has already been delivered to the affected regions, including 12 tons of food.
RT – RIA Novosti – Itar-Tass – Moscow Times