Sochi residents warned about flood threat, residents of Kepsha village being evacuated

An emergency situation was declared at a city committee meeting in Sochi due to bad weather, the Sochi emergency services told Interfax on Tuesday.

An emergency situation was declared at a city committee meeting in Sochi due to bad weather, the Sochi emergency services told Interfax on Tuesday.

Sirens are on in Sochi and residents are asked not to go onto streets and to stay home. "Emergency alert sirens followed by a statement keep the population updated on the threat of flooding from the Sochi River," the Sochi administration told Interfax.

"The water in the Sochi River has risen to a dangerous level," a city service watch officer told Interfax.

"Firefighting vehicles are pumping water from the central streets of the city," the office said.

An evacuation has begun in the village of Kepsha in the Adler region, the Sochi office of the emergency situations ministry said.

"Mudslides have begun above Kepsha. We have started evacuating people," an emergency situations ministry employee said.

"Besides, there is still flooding in villages of the Lazarevskoye district. All city services work there as well," he said.

All city services have been deployed in order to deal with the flood, the emergency situations ministry employee said.

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