Russia: Dam burst on the Ural River – hundreds of individuals evacuated | EUROtoday

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As of: April 6, 2024 7:18 p.m

Heavy flooding has induced a dam to burst on the Ural River in Russia. Thousands of individuals needed to be dropped at security. Kazakhstan can be affected by the floods.

Björn Blaschke

The time of snowmelt in spring causes river ranges in Russia to rise nearly yearly. This 12 months, nonetheless, the Ural River is carrying a very great amount of water. In some locations the water stage rose by 4 meters inside a number of hours.

In town of Orsk in Russia's Orenburg area – close to the border with Kazakhstan – the sudden swelling of the Ural River led to the breach of a dam that was supposed to guard the individuals of Orsk from the Ural waters.

“We thought it would pass”

A resident in Orsk was utterly shocked: “Yesterday we didn't think it would happen like this. We thought it would somehow pass; we had hope. Then in the morning we woke up and saw that the water was already knee-high. “

News company footage reveals large-wheeled amphibious autos and vehicles driving by streets that resemble small rivers. There are stated to have been no deaths to this point.

But: More than 2,500 homes have been flooded. Rescue groups introduced a number of thousand individuals to security and evacuated 6,000 households, in keeping with studies in Moscow.

Several rescue groups in motion

Alexander Sitnikov, spokesman for the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Orenburg area, informed reporters in Orsk: “The water quickly reached the old part of Orsk. There are mostly smaller house settlements here. They are being evacuated by employees of the Russian Emergencies Ministry and other rescue groups, including regional ones and municipal units. Behind me is a vehicle group from the Russian Emergencies Ministry from Perm working. The team is preparing boats for the departure of the residents.”

Meanwhile, the accountable public prosecutor's workplace opened felony proceedings for “negligence and violation of safety regulations for construction.” The cause is the dam burst in Orsk. According to the prosecutor's workplace, the Orsk metropolis administration was warned final month for a “violation of the legislation on the protection of the population and territories from natural and man-made emergencies.”

Kazakhstan can be affected by the excessive water ranges within the Urals. President Kassim-Jomart Tokayev known as the floods one of many worst pure disasters in Kazakhstan prior to now 80 years.