Anger is boiling over for some in the region

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Russia declared an emergency in the Orenburg region near Kazakhstan after the Ural River, Europe’s third longest river, swelled several meters in hours on Friday, and burst through a dam embankment in the city of Orsk.
Swathes of Orsk, a city of 230,000 about 1,800 km (1,100 miles) east of Moscow, have been left submerged.
Some are also unhappy that the dam embankment built in 2010 was unable to defend their city.
Widespread flooding More than 10,400 homes across Russia have been flooded, with the Urals, Siberia, the Volga and central regions the worst hit.
The Ural River rises in the Ural Mountains and flows into the Caspian Sea.
The mayor of Orenburg, Sergei Salmin, said the Ural River was expected to break the previous record of 9.46 meters.
It was not immediately clear why this year’s floods were so bad as the snow melt is an annual event in Russia.
Federal investigators opened a criminal case for negligence and the violation of safety rules over the construction of the embankment dam in Orsk, which prosecutors said had not been maintained properly.


At least 100 Russians chanted “shame on you” at local officials they claimed had done too little to alleviate their situation as they begged President Vladimir Putin for assistance on Monday in a city hit by the worst flooding ever recorded.

The third-longest river in Europe, the Ural, swelled several meters in a few hours on Friday and burst through a dam embankment in the city of Orsk, prompting Russia to declare an emergency in the Orenburg region near Kazakhstan.

Large portions of Orsk, a 230,000-person city located 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) east of Moscow, are underwater.

The flood waters in Orsk had lowered by 9 cm (3.55 inches) over the course of two hours, according to a press release from Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, which was cited by the Tass news agency late on Monday. However, the service issued a warning, stating that “even though water levels have started to drop a little in some areas, the situation remains difficult.”. “.

Video footage from the scene was released by local media. Earlier, people had demonstrated in front of the Orsk municipal administration, with some of them chanting “shame on you, shame on you” and “Putin help.”.

Some property owners are dissatisfied with the compensation that the authorities have provided, citing either total destruction or significant damage. Some people are also upset that their city could not be protected by the dam embankment that was constructed in 2010.

Speaking to a group of Orsk residents, Governor Denis Pasler of Orenburg noted that while it was simple to assign blame and turn the town into a “unruly crowd,” many of the locals had actually tried to aid in the rescue efforts and shown true patriotism.

“Unfortunately, other people have started to appear amid the problems,” Pasler stated, adding that he had gone days without showering or going to bed. He advocated for harmony.

The regional prosecutor of Orenburg issued a warning to the public about attending large gatherings.

The prosecutor stated, “Please be aware that this large-scale event has not been coordinated with the authorities in compliance with the procedure established by law.”.

Following the breach of the dam embankment in Orsk, Putin gave Emergencies Minister Alexander Kurenkov instructions to travel to the region. Since then, he has met virtually with the governors of Orenburg, Kurgan, and Tyumen, among other affected regions.

Kurenkov’s comments that the locals had disobeyed an order to evacuate a week prior infuriated some residents. According to Russian media, the evacuation started on April 5.

According to drone photos obtained by the state news agency Tass, another section of the dam collapsed on Monday. Parts of the city looked like a huge lake in the video, with houses submerged all the way to the roofs.

extensive flooding.

Over 10,400 dwellings have been inundated throughout Russia; the most severely affected areas are the Urals, Siberia, the Volga, and the central regions.

The Ural River empties into the Caspian Sea after rising in the Ural Mountains. The peak is anticipated on Wednesday in Orenburg, a city of more than 500,000 people located down the river from Orsk, according to Russia’s emergency ministry.

An Orsk video captured a man wading through floodwater up to his neck. He had a black cat over his head and his keys in his mouth.

According to Governor Alexander Moor, an emergency has also been declared in the Tyumen region, one of Western Siberia’s principal oil-producing regions for Russia.

The Ishim and Tobol rivers in Siberia, which are tributaries of the Irtysh river, which together with its parent, the Ob, make up the seventh-longest river system in the world, were predicted to see rising water levels.

The Ural River is predicted to break the previous record of 9.46 meters, according to Orenburg Mayor Sergei Salmin. At 8:19 m, it is right now.

Salmin declared, “It is absolutely necessary for everyone residing in the flood zone to evacuate their homes.”. “Don’t put off the evacuation; over the next two days, the situation will only worsen. “.

According to Tass, Vadim Shumkov, the governor of the Kurgan region, declared in a late-night video on Monday that 50 locations in his area, which is northeast of Orenburg, were probably going to flood.

“Everyone residing in any settlement near the Tobol River’s floodplain is advised to leave. Don’t hold off until the water arrives. Shumkov predicted that it would arrive suddenly at night in the shape of a big wave.

He declared that several districts in Kurgan, a city with a population of over 300,000, would be submerged under water.

Since Russia experiences yearly snowmelt, it was initially unclear why this year’s floods were so severe.

A criminal case was initiated by federal investigators due to alleged negligence and safety rule violations during the construction of the embankment dam in Orsk. Prosecutors claimed that the dam was not adequately maintained.

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