Russia: Floods force 20 000 from homes
19 August 2013, 19:30
Moscow - Flooding has forced some 20,000 people to flee their homes in Russia's Far East since July, the country's Emergency Situations Ministry said Monday.
Three Far East regions some 5 000km east of Moscow are being evacuated, ministry spokesperson Irina Rossius said. Authorities estimate another 14 000 people have also been affected. Some of the evacuees have moved into emergency shelters.
Alexander Frolov, chief of the Russian Meteorological Service, told news agencies on Monday that floods have reached their peak in Russia's Amur region, which borders China, but the situation is expected to get worse in two other areas.
Authorities say the floods have already caused an estimated $61m in damages.