KHABAROVSK, August 30 (RIA Novosti) – Waters of the Amur River near the flood-hit city of Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East rose by 14 centimeters (5.5 inches) over the past 24 hours, local emergencies ministry department said in a statement on Friday.
“As of 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, water levels of the Amur River near the city of Khabarovsk stood at 770 centimeters [25.3 feet],” the statement said adding that the water level surpassed the earlier record registered mark of 642 centimeters by over a meter.
According to earlier forecasts, water levels are expected to increase up to 780 centimeters by the end of August and could reach 830 centimeters, when the flooding reaches its forecasted peak in September.
Almost 40 towns and villages are flooded across the Khabarovsk Territory and over 1,000 residential buildings have been inundated. Over 2,200 people, including some 460 children, have been evacuated from the affected areas.