Evacuation Ordered in Three Villages of Kurgan Oblast, Russia, as Tobol River Rises

Massive floods in Russia and Kazakhstan force evacuation of over 125,000 people, highlighting the severe impact of climate change-driven disasters.

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Evacuation Ordered in Three Villages of Kurgan Oblast, Russia, as Tobol River Rises

Evacuation Ordered in Three Villages of Kurgan Oblast, Russia, as Tobol River Rises

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of three villages in the Belozersky district of Kurgan Oblast, Russia, due to rising water levels in the Tobol River. The flood situation in the region remains tense, with the water level near the city of Kurgan reaching 988 cm, a decrease of 5 cm in the past 4 hours.

According to the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergencies for Kurgan Oblast, a moderate increase in water levels is expected in the northeastern part of the Ketovsky municipal district from April 5 to April 7. This is due to increased water flow from the Troitsky and Karatamar reservoirs located upstream of the Tobol River. The water level in the river near Kurgan is expected to gradually decrease in the next 1-2 days.

The floods have affected not only Kurgan Oblast but also the neighboring Tyumen Region, where authorities are considering mandatory evacuations. In southern Russia's Kurgan region, nearly 13,000 people have been evacuated as water levels in the Tobol River continue to rise, reaching 6.73 meters near the capital city of Kurgan. A state of emergency has been declared in the region.

Why this matters: The massive floods in parts of Russia and Kazakhstan have led to the evacuation of almost 125,000 people, highlighting the severe impact of the disaster on the affected regions. The floods, believed to be the result of massive snowfalls in winter followed by unusually warm weather, may be linked to global climate change, raising concerns about the increasing frequency and intensity of such events in the future.

The floods have also affected the Kemerovo and Tomsk regions in western Siberia, where villages have been inundated, and people have lost their belongings and animals. In the Ivolginsky district of Buryatia, 11 houses were flooded, and 22 people, including 6 children, were evacuated. Russian President Vladimir Putin has not visited the affected areas, but the Kremlin says he is closely monitoring the situation. The floods have been described as the worst in decades, and both Russia and Kazakhstan have declared states of emergency.

Key Takeaways

  • Authorities ordered evacuation of 3 villages in Kurgan Oblast, Russia due to rising Tobol River.
  • Water level near Kurgan city reached 988 cm, expected to gradually decrease in 1-2 days.
  • Floods have affected Kurgan Oblast and neighboring Tyumen Region, leading to 13,000 evacuations.
  • Floods in Russia and Kazakhstan have led to evacuation of almost 125,000 people, linked to climate change.
  • Floods described as worst in decades, with states of emergency declared in affected regions.