Over 168,000 affected by Far East floods - deputy premier

More than 168,000 people have been affected by this year's devastating floods in Russia's Far East, Yury Trutnev, deputy prime minister and the president's envoy to the Far East, said on Tuesday.

More than 168,000 people have been affected by this year's devastating floods in Russia's Far East, Yury Trutnev, deputy prime minister and the president's envoy to the Far East, said on Tuesday.

"A total of 168,119 people were affected by the floods in three regions of the Far East - the Amur region, the Jewish Autonomous Region and the Khabarovsk Territory," he said.

Earlier reports put the number of those affected at around 100,000.

As many as 240 houses remain submerged by flood waters, Trutnev said, adding that all of them had already been examined by specialists.

"This figure is slightly lower than we thought before," he said.

A total of 12,643 houses were damaged by the floods, he said. Of them, 12,403 have already been examined, the deputy prime minister said.

Previously, specialists were unable to assess the condition of 1,000 flooded houses. More than 2,200 damaged houses will not be rebuilt due to their critical condition, he said.

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