Amur River level drops further in the Far East

The water level of the Amur River within the city of Khabarovsk has dropped by 17 centimeters to the 567-centimeter mark over the past 24 hours, the regional branch of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said in a press release on Friday.

"The river level near Komsomolsk-on-Amur continues to subside as well. The Amur level has decreased by 12 centimeters to 872 centimeters in the past 24 hours," it said.

Some 1,000 houses, where more than 13,000 people live, as well as 909 household plots and five key social sector facilities remain submerged by flood waters in the city. Eighteen electrical substations are currently out of service in the area. A total of 17 apartment buildings and over 450 privately owned houses still face a blackout.

The river level in the city of Nikolayevsk-on-Amur currently stands at the 249-centimeter mark. Hydrologists expect the floods in Nikolayevsk to peak by September 22, when the water level in the Amur River could reach 280-320 centimeters.

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