Russia scrambles to contain record floods

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 - 17:49

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Russians in the Far East battled rising floodwaters as authorities evacuated more than 23 thousand people from affected areas and scrambled to prevent the outbreak of infections.

Heavy rains pounding Khabarovsk, a Far Eastern city located near the Chinese border, since July have swelled the local Amur River to levels unseen since the 19th century, damaging property, infrastructure and crops and displacing tens of thousands.