Rising waters in the Kurgan region of Russia are anticipated to peak on Monday

Rising waters in the Kurgan region of Russia are anticipated to peak on Monday
An image taken on April 13, 2024, showing the flooded city of Orenburg. The floodwaters in the Orenburg region, south of the Urals, were rising, so Russian emergency services reported that thousands of people had been evacuated. (Photo by / REUTERS)

In Russia's Kurgan region, which crosses the Tobol River close to Kazakhstan's border, flooding is predicted to peak on Monday, according to officials, who also noted that the waters continued to rise sharply.

According to Russian news agency RIA, which cited Russia's emergency ministry, more than 7,100 people were evacuated from several hundred residential buildings on Sunday when the waters threatened 4,300 homes and 62 communities.

The region, which is near the meeting point of Siberia and the Ural Mountains, reported on the Telegram messaging app that the Tobol had increased by 23 centimeters (9 inches) in the four hours leading up to 6 a.m. on Monday. With high water in the spring, the Tobol is normally frozen from November through April.

An image of a flooded region in Russia's Kurgan Region (Photo by / REUTERS)

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However, the very high volumes of ice and snowmelt this year have raised rivers, causing record floods in Kazakhstan and the Urals. The situation in Kurgan has become worse due to the severe rainfall.

Local officials on Telegram reported that homes in the Tomsk region, located in southwest Siberia, were also experiencing flooding. In the area of Tomsk, the regional administrative center, some 140 houses were flooded on Monday, forcing 84 people to flee.

Vadim Shumkov, the regional director for the Kurgans, had earlier issued a warning that flooding would start when the waters reached a level of 600 cm, or 20 feet, along the Tobol's right bank, which cuts the region in half from south to north, as well as the lower portion of its left bank.

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