Floods force hundreds to leave in Yakutia
Published time: 13 May, 2007 10:06 Edited time: 13 May, 2007 14:06
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.