14 August 2013, 17:53

Over 1 mln sq km flooded in east Russia - official

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Floods that have hit Russia's Far East cover an area of more than 2,000 kilometers by 500 kilometers, a senior Emergency Situations Ministry official said on Monday.

"It is a unique situation in the sense that it has spread over more than 2,000 kilometers if one looks from west to east, while its depth or width is more than 500 kilometers," Vladimir Stepanov, head of the National Crisis Management Center of the Emergency Ministry, told a news conference in Moscow.

"There are hundreds of towns and villages and hundreds of thousands of people in the zone of the [rescue] operation," he said, adding that most of the water causing the floods "is coming from China."

Voice of Russia, Interfax

 

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