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Russia’s Worst Flooding Prompts Emergency in Far East

Five regions in Russia’s Far East declared a state of emergency amid flooding assessed by the national weather center as the worst in the country’s history.

Floods were heaviest in the Amur region, Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said today on a videoconference. Conditions are set to worsen as Typhoon Utor moves closer to Russia from China, dumping more rain on inundated areas and potentially lifting the Amur River’s water level to the highest in more than a century, the center said on its website.