Over 100,000 people were evacuated amid the worst flooding in decades

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ORSK, Russia, April 9 (Reuters) – Russia and Kazakhstan ordered more than 100,000 people to evacuate after swiftly melting snow swelled mighty rivers beyond bursting point in the worst flooding in the area for at least 70 years.
“I am calling for caution and for those in flooded districts to evacuate promptly,” Denis Pasler said on Telegram.
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said water levels had declined in a number of areas but described the situation as “still difficult”.
The Ural is Europe’s third longest river, which flows through Russia and Kazakhstan into the Caspian.
EVACUATION ORDER Sirens in Kurgan, a city on the Tobol river, a tributary of the Irtysh, warned people to evacuate immediately.
President Vladimir Putin spoke to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan, where over 86,000 people have been evacuated due to flooding.
The most severely hit areas are Atyrau, Aktobe, Akmola, Kostanai, Eastern Kazakhstan, Northern Kazakhstan and Pavlodar regions, most of which border Russia and are crossed by rivers originating in Russia such as the Ural and the Tobol.
In Kurgan, water levels were rising in the Tobol and Russia said 19,000 people were at risk in the region.

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ORSK, Russia, April 9 (Reuters) – Following rapidly melting snow that caused powerful rivers to swell to the brink of disaster—the worst flooding to hit the region in at least 70 years—more than 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate by Russia and Kazakhstan.

Numerous settlements in the Ural Mountains, Siberia, and parts of Kazakhstan near rivers like the Ural and Tobol were inundated by the flood of melt water, which, according to local officials, rose to the highest levels ever recorded in a matter of hours by meters (yards).

The regional governor reported that late on Tuesday, the Ural River in Orenburg, a city of about 550,000 people, rose to 9 points31 meters (30 points5 feet), above the critical level of 9 points30 meters. He cautioned locals in high-risk areas to leave.

On Telegram, Denis Pasler stated, “I am urging caution and for those in flooded districts to evacuate as soon as possible.”.

People in the city paddled along roads like rivers. There was strengthening of embankments and dams.

Last Friday, floods in the city of Orsk caused an embankment dam to collapse upstream on the Ural.

According to regional authorities, the water level in Orsk has dropped by 21 centimeters (8.27 inches) and is currently at 9.07 meters, which is still significantly higher than the designated danger level of roughly 7 meters. Although water levels have dropped in several locations, the situation is still “difficult,” according to Russia’s Emergencies Ministry.

The third-longest river in Europe, the Ural flows through Kazakhstan and Russia before emptying into the Caspian.

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People were advised to leave Kurgan right away by sirens in the city on the Tobol River, a tributary of the Irtysh. Regional authorities forecasted a “difficult situation” through the end of April and stated that floodwaters would rise for the next three days.

Additionally, Tyumen, the largest hydrocarbon basin in the world and a major oil producing region of Western Siberia, was placed under state of emergency. As part of a regional tour assessing the risk of flooding, Alexander Kurenkov, the minister of emergencies, arrived in the city, according to Russian news agencies.

Reporters were informed by Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov that “the Kurgan and Tyumen regions are still facing difficult days.”. “A large amount of water is approaching. “.

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan, whose country has experienced flooding that has forced over 86,000 people to flee, spoke with President Vladimir Putin. Tokayev stated that the floods were most likely the worst in eight decades.

Atyrau, Aktobe, Akmola, Kostanai, Eastern Kazakhstan, Northern Kazakhstan, and the Pavlodar regions—the majority of which border Russia and are traversed by Russian-originating rivers like the Ural and the Tobol—are the regions most severely affected.

Anger in Russia erupted in Orsk when at least 100 citizens chanted “shame on you” at local officials they believed had done too little and pleaded with the head of the Kremlin for assistance.

As local and emergency officials worked to contain the flood, Putin, according to the Kremlin, was receiving updates on the situation but did not have any immediate plans to visit the flood zone.

Drone footage captured traditional wooden Russian houses and the golden kupolas of Orthodox churches floating next to a vast body of water in Kurgan, an 800,000-person region.

Some people disregarded evacuation orders, according to Russian officials. Vadim Shumkov, the governor of Kurgan, asked the locals to heed the advisories.

Shumkov responded, “We know you very well: It is difficult to leave your belongings and relocate when the local authorities ask you to.”.

“It’s best if we all laugh at the hydrologists in the future and give thanks to God for the wonder of our shared redemption. But let’s carry it out while still alive. “.

Water levels in the Tobol were rising in Kurgan, and Russia reported that 19,000 people were in danger in the area.

The Ishim River in Siberia, a tributary of the Irtysh, was also expected to experience rising waters. The Ishim River, along with its parent, the Ob, makes up the seventh longest river system in the world.

Given that Russia experiences yearly snowmelt, it was initially unclear why this year’s floods were so bad. Global flooding has increased in frequency due to climate change, according to scientists.

editing by Miral Fahmy, Philippa Fletcher, Ed Osmond, and Ron Popeski; reporting by Reuters in Orsk; writing by Guy Faulconbridge in Moscow, Ozhas Auyezov in Almaty, and Lidia Kelly in Lisbon.

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