Far East flood damage may soar to $910 million

The damage caused by the devastating floods in Russia's Far East may exceed 30 billion rubles ($910 million), the president's deputy envoy to the Far East Vladimir Pysin said.

The damage caused by the devastating floods in Russia's Far East may exceed 30 billion rubles ($910 million), the president's deputy envoy to the Far East Vladimir Pysin said.

"This figure may stand at more than 30 billion rubles. The damage that has been caused [by the floods] is quite serious," he said at a session of the governmental emergency commission's working group on Tuesday.

The floods have damaged 9,500 houses in 190 towns and villages in three regions of the Far East - the Amur region, the Jewish Autonomous District and the Khabarovsk Territory, Pysin said.

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