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Floods in Siberia and Far East force 3,000 from homes

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Flooding in Siberian and Far East regions have forced more than 3000 people to leave their homes, a local emergency service spokesman said Monday.
MOSCOW, May 28 (RIA Novosti) - Flooding in Siberian and Far East regions have forced more than 3000 people to leave their homes, a local emergency service spokesman said Monday.

"Thirteen residential areas in Siberia and the Far East are still affected by flooding - 1,116 homes with a population of almost 4,000 residents, and 3,167 people have been evacuated," the spokesman said.

In one village in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), almost 900 houses had been flooded forcing over 2,500 people to leave their homes.

More than 1,500 people are involved in spring flood relief in Yakutia, and 16 metric tons of foodstuffs, medicine and drinking water has been delivered to the villagers. Those residents who chose to stay in their homes are receiving supplies by boat.

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