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Floods break dam in Russia's Far East

Nearly 300 houses with over 900 inhabitants have been inundated in a suburb of the Far Eastern Russian city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur after a nearby dam was destroyed in rising floods.

Up to 700 people have been evacuated so far, local Emergencies Ministry reported.

The Mendeleyev settlement, where the dam is located, is home to 4,500 people; about a thousand of them are said to be in immediate danger.

Up to 16,000 people have already been evacuated and 98,800 people have been affected by the ongoing flooding of the Amur River.

The most difficult situation is near Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in the flood-hit Khabarovsk territory, where the level of the Amur River is growing by 13-15 centimeters a day, and has already reached 8.71 meters.

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