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E Russia Town Declares State of Emergency after Flooding

Posted by feww on May 21, 2012

Worst flooding in living memory forces third of population to evacuate Srednekolymsk town, Sakha Republic, Russia

Floodwater from Kolyma River reached roofs of houses in parts of Srednekolymsk town [population 3,500,] forcing at least 1,000 people to abandon their homes.

Intense flooding like this last hit the area in 1942, the town mayor told Itar-Tass news agency, adding that about 500 houses have been flooded. “In most of them water level is up to windows and in some other ones water level is up to the ceiling.”

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