| 25 July 2024, Thursday |

Emergency, evacuations in parts of Russia’s Far East in typhoon aftermath

Local officials declared a state of emergency and ordered evacuations in areas of Russia’s Far East on Saturday after torrential rains swamped communities in the aftermath of Typhoon Khanun, which hit Japan earlier this week.

Khanun, which had lashed southern Japan, had reduced to a tropical depression as it moved into North Korea from South Korea on Friday.

According to officials in the Primorye area of Russia’s Far East, a territory in the easternmost section of Russia and the Asian continent, 32 communities were cut off, 543 dwellings were destroyed, and huge lengths of road were inundated by Saturday morning.

Evacuations were in place in the cities of Ussuriysk and Spassk-Dalny in Primorye, the region of which the port of Vladivostok is the administrative centre.

“The water is quickly rising in the riverside parts of the (Spassk-Dalny) city,” the Primorye government said on the Telegram messaging app, showing a video of swaths of land and buildings partially submerged.

The Spassovka and Kuleshovka rivers cross the territory of Spassk-Dalny, a city of just over 44,000 people.

Evacuations were also in place of parts of Ussuriysk, a city of more than 150,000 people about 100 km (60 miles) north of Vladivostok, where a dam built to contain floods was breached, officials said.

A state of emergency was declared in nine municipalities in Primorye, the region’s government said.

Double the normal monthly rainfall has been forecast for some areas of the region through the weekend.

  • Reuters