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Worst floods in 80 years in Russia, Kazakhstan

By Phil Bainbridge

April 10, 2024 - Russia and Kazakhstan have evacuated over 110,000 people as a deluge of melt water from the Ural Mountains has raised river levels to the highest ever recorded.

Town and cities in Kazakhstan and the Ural, Siberia and Volga regions of Russia were overwhelmed as water levels reached over 10m, well above the 9.3m danger level. Over 96,000 people in Kazakhstan and over 12,000 in Russia were ordered to evacuate, with peak levels expected to be reached in three to five days in many places, and flooding expected to continue until the end of April.

While spring flooding is a usual occurrence at this time of year, Russian officials said the soil, which was already waterlogged before winter, froze amid high snow fall in the mountains which then melted quickly in swiftly-rising spring temperatures and heavy rains.

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PUBLISHED: 10/04/2024; STORY: Graphic News
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