Situation may deteriorate in flooded regions by end of August

The situation is currently improving in the flood-stricken regions of Russia's Far East, but it can deteriorate in some areas by the end of August, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The situation is currently improving in the flood-stricken regions of Russia's Far East, but it can deteriorate in some areas by the end of August, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said.

"Weather services predict a deterioration in Khabarovsk Territory and Primorye by the end of August. The ministry keeps adjusting its plans to the weather forecasts and is regrouping personnel and equipment," it said in a statement received by Interfax on Sunday.

The effort to deal with the natural disaster in Khabarovsk Territory is focused on the construction of dams. "Our goal is to prevent the floodwaters from reaching residential areas in large cities, such as Khabarovsk. The construction of dams is continuing round the clock," the ministry said.

"The situation is more favorable in the Amur region, where water is leaving the inundated areas and residents are returning to their homes. Food supplies to the flood victims are regular and more than 55 percent of residents of the Amur region have received cash compensations," the ministry said.

The water level in the Amur has gone down by 4 centimeters in the Jewish Autonomous District, but it has risen slightly in individual area. "All vitally important measures are being taken," the press service said.

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