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Russia sends aid to flood-hit Ukraine, Moldova - 2

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MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry has sent two convoys of humanitarian aid to flood-hit areas of Ukraine and Moldova, the ministry's spokesperson said Thursday.

"The flood-hit regions will receive diesel generators, pumps, disinfectants and other humanitarian cargo," the spokesperson said.

At least 30 people including six children were killed on July 23-27 in the worst storms to hit western Ukraine in over a century. Dozens of people are still missing, and thousands have been evacuated from the region.

Evacuations have also been announced for several flooded regions of neighboring Moldova. The country's northern areas were the hardest-hit, with key roads closed due to high water levels.

A storm alert has been issued in Moldova's breakaway Transdnestr region, where ferry services in the capital, Tiraspol, have been suspended.

High waters on the Dniestr River were threatening a hydroelectric dam near the Moldovan city of Dubossari, with water volumes running at 3,000 cubic meters a second. The dam's official maximum capacity is 2,500 cubic metres a second.

On Monday, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko declared a three-month state of emergency in western Ukraine.

The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday approved a bill to allocate $1.3 billion in emergency aid funding, and a further $504 million will be sent to the worst-hit regions.

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