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Russia's Orenburg City Braces for Flooding Peak

  • Cleanup work on flood damage in Orenburg, Russia, April 12, 2024.

    Cleanup work on flood damage in Orenburg, Russia, April 12, 2024. | Photo: X/ @StratNewsGlobal

Published 12 April 2024
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The water levels in the Ural River in the city had continued to rise and reached 1.12 meters.

The flooding in the city of Orenburg, the administrative center of the Orenburg region in the southern Urals, will reach its peak on Friday, said First Deputy Head of the city Alexey Kudinov.

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The water levels in the Ural River in the city had continued to rise overnight and reached 1.12 meters, Kudinov said in an interview on Friday morning.

"According to the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia, the flooding will reach its peak today, followed by a two-day plateau. After that, the water will start to recede," he said.

The Orenburg region is the worst-hit area in Russia's spring flood. As of 8 a.m. local time Friday, 11,773 residential buildings were flooded in the region and more than 10,700 people were evacuated from the flooded areas.

In some of the worst flooding in decades due to a continuous rise in daily average temperatures, snowmelt and rivers thawing, Russia's western Siberia, the Volga region and the Central Federal District have been flooded.

"Orenburg Governor Denis Pasler, speaking during a video link with President Vladimir Putin late on April 11, said the previous record level of the Ural was 9.4 meters in 1942, during World War II," Radio Free Europe reported.

"A sharp rise in temperatures -- said by some experts to be caused by climate change -- has turned regular spring flooding that is common in large parts of the border region between Russia and Kazakhstan into the worst disaster in decades," it added.

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