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13 May, 2007 10:06

Floods force hundreds to leave in Yakutia

Floods force hundreds to leave in Yakutia

Almost 400 people have been evacuated from a flooded area in the Republic of Yakutia in the Far East of Russia. Water broke through a dam on the Maganka river, flooding hundreds of houses.

Some people have refused to leave their homes because of possible looting.

Emergency teams are now working to re-enforce dams and move people from villages.

The town of Markha with a population of 6,000 people is in the risk zone, but the regional emergency centre says the situation is under control.