- Title: RUSSIA: FLOODWATERS ENCIRCLE SIBERIAN CITY OF YAKUTSK
- Date: 23rd May 2001
- Summary: YAKUTSK, SIBERIA, RUSSIA (MAY 22, 2001) (REUTERS) 1. SLV RESCUE TEAMS TRYING TO REPAIR SAND BARRIER ERECTED TO KEEP AWAY RISING FLOODWATERS (4 SHOTS) 0.26 TULAGINO (25KM NORTH OF YAKUTSK), SIBERIA, RUSSIA (MAY 22, 2001) (REUTERS) 2. SLV ROAD/ CARS ON ROAD/ ROAD SIGN 0.31 3. SLV PART OF ROAD WASHED AWAY BY FLOOD WATERS (2 SHOTS) 0.41 4. SLV POLICE CAR STUCK AT ROAD/ POLICE OFFICER SPEAKING TO HIS FELLOW OFFICER ACROSS SEGMENT OF ROAD WASHED AWAY BY FLOODWATERS (4 SHOTS) 1.08 5. SLV DEAD COW IN FLOODED FIELD/ LOCAL PEOPLE IN BOAT 1.14 6. SLV PEOPLE PACKING POSSESSIONS INTO BOAT (2 SHOTS) 1.24 7. SLV MAN TAKING HIS DOG FROM ROOF OF FLOODED HOUSE INTO BOAT 1.42 8. SLV PEOPLE IN BOATS 1.56 9. SLV FLOODED HOUSES 2.01 10. TS SUBMERGED TRUCK NEAR FLOODED HOUSE 2.06 11. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) IGOR BURKOV, EMERGENCY RESCUE COORDINATOR: "Three villages were left without communication. We are going to bring food over there and check the situation." 2.14 JATEAI (16KM NORTH OF YAKUTSK), SIBERIA, RUSSIA MAY 22, 2001 (REUTERS) 12. SLV FLOODED VILLAGE WITH WOMAN MAKING HER WAY THROUGH FLOOD WATERS WITH THE AID OF A PLANK OF WOOD 2.24 13. DESTROYED SAND FLOOD BARRIER 14. LAS LOCAL RESIDENTS TRAPPED IN THEIR HOMES LOOKING ON AT FLOODED SCENE 2.30 15. SLV CARS DRIVING THROW FLOODED STREET 2.45 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 7th June 2001 13:00
- Location: YAKUTSK, TULAGINO AND JATEAI, SIBERIA, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVA5KGOCKICNL0BWNJMQJ6CA2TH2
- Story Text: Floodwaters now encircle the Siberian city of Yakutsk
as rescue teams struggle to evacuate its trapped residents.
Floodwaters continued to rise on Tuesday (May 22)
around Yakutsk, engulfing large parts of the city's outer
Many of the outlying villages close to Yakutsk have been
virtually cut off and rescue teams were struggling to get to
some of them.
A wave of meltwater which had already destroyed a smaller
town upstream on the Lena river was still bearing down on
Yakutsk, a city of about 200,000 residents, local Emergencies
Ministry officials said.
Rescue workers were warning people in outlying districts
to leave their homes before the water rose any further. "At
night we expect a big rise in the water," they announced
The town of Lensk about 840 km (525 miles) upstream from
Yakutsk was wiped out by meltwater last week and many of its
30,000 residents were rescued from their rooftops by
The floods, the worst eastern Siberia has seen in a
century, were triggered by a spring thaw after a particularly
The Emergencies Ministry in Moscow said the water level
around Yakutsk, capital of Russia's biggest diamond mining
republic Sakha-Yakutiya, had risen to 8.56 metres.
In districts bordering the city, water was already lapping
at the roofs of small wooden houses while rescue workers
bolstered sand barricades around the city itself.
Some people have been evacuated, but others were perched
on their roofs with household pets, refusing to leave for fear
of abandoning their property to looters.
There were no deaths reported in Yakutsk due to flooding,
but a woman drowned in Lensk a few days ago as she and her
husband tried to escape the inundation by boat.
A dam in the region, with capacity to hold water levels up
to 9.5 metres, is holding floodwater back from Yakutsk. But a
spokesman for the Emergencies Ministry said they could not be
certain that the dam would prevent the city from flooding.
The local administration in the Yakutsk region has banned
the sale of strong alcohol in shops, bars and restaurants
during the floods as a safety measure, to ensure people remain
sober in what remains a potentially life-threatening situation.
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None