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Floods Russia and Kazakhstan: Water reaches its peak

Floods Russia and Kazakhstan: Water reaches its peak

The Ural Mountains near Orenburg on April 11. Image: Cornerstone

In the city of Orenburg, which was severely affected by the floods, the water level in the Ural River rose another nine centimeters overnight, reaching a historic level. “Early this morning, the level of the Ural Mountains near Orenburg reached 11.71 metres,” Governor Denis Basler said on his Telegram channel on Saturday. According to authorities, another 800 homes and 1,800 plots of land have been submerged in the past 24 hours. In total, more than 3,000 homes in the city were flooded.

epaselect epa11274865 Local residents ride a boat as they are evacuated from a flooded residential area in Orenburg, Orenburg region, Russia, April 12, 2024. Orenburg Mayor Sergei Salmin said...

Residents of Orenburg. Image: Cornerstone

According to Basler, the situation is currently still tense, but has stabilized recently. The level did not rise during the past four hours. “We expect that this is the stabilization phase: there will be no further increase, the situation will stabilize and then the decline will begin,” he wrote. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes due to floods.

epa11270810 An aerial photo taken with a drone shows the flooded residential area in a suburb of Orenburg, Orenburg region, Russia, April 10, 2024. Water levels in the Ural River continue to rise...

The floods are among the worst in decades. Image: Cornerstone

In this photo from a video published by the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, a rescuer helps move two cows from the flooded area in the Orenburg region...

People help evacuate animals. Image: Cornerstone

The snowy winter led to one of the worst floods in decades in the Orenburg region, 1,200 kilometers east of Moscow. Before it became the regional capital, the large city of Orsk had already taken a hit, as large parts of the old town were submerged by the Ural Mountains after a dam collapsed.

The 2,400-kilometre-long river, which geographers know as part of the border between Europe and Asia, empties south through Kazakhstan into the Caspian Sea. There is also a flood warning in Kazakhstan. About 100,000 people were evacuated there. (DAP/EPA)

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