Mass evacuation of people from Khabarovsk will begin when the water level in the Amur reaches 780 cm, as hydrologists forecast, the city's Mayor Alexander Sokolov said.
"There are period when you need to understand that you can't do without evacuation. That will be exactly such situation. We have estimated the number of people to be evacuated and we will ensure it," Sokolov told a press conference on Wednesday.
The mayor said the vital objects in the low-lying parts of the city may be flooded if the water level goes up another meter.
"We are now fighting for every object, for every small residential house, even residential houses with just one entrance, where it seems that it's easier just to put people in evacuation points," he said.
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