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Published Monday, July 15, 2019
A state of emergency has been declared in Russia's Irkutsk region as serious flooding has destroyed thousands of homes. According to local media, five people have died, with more than 9.000 people have been affected.
Torrential rain caused Lake Baikal and the Angara River to burst their banks. Officials warn the worst is yet to come. Around 50 villages are inaccessible. Houses, bridges, and roads have been destroyed.
Twenty-two people have died in the devastating flood, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told reporters on Friday. "Already twenty-two deaths," he said during his working trip to the region.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, two settlements continue to be flooded now. "This [scourge] affected about 10,500 residential buildings, there are almost 33,000 people who were affected in the flood.
About 3,500 building are the constructions that were totally destroyed and cannot be restored, about 96 facilities of social, communal, transport and road infrastructure we need to rebuild," he said.
The flooding hit the Irkutsk Region at the end of June, a state of emergency was declared in the region. Houses in 103 inhabited communities have been flooded in six districts of the region since June 25.
Russia Flash Flood Facts
Affected Area: 100 km.
Alert Level: Orange
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