Recent flooding in Russia has caused a widespread humanitarian crisis across various regions: heavy rains in southern Russia have resulted in floods, leading the Russian and Kazakhstan governments to order 100,000 people to evacuate from areas such as the Krasnodar and Stavropol territories, as well as the Republic of Adygea. The flooding has caused significant damage to infrastructure, disrupting transportation and causing power outages in some areas.

In addition to the southern regions, flooding has also impacted parts of the Urals and Siberia due to melting snow and ice, leading to evacuations in affected areas. The situation has been described as some of the worst floods seen in decades, prompting urgent responses from authorities in Russia and neighboring Kazakhstan. Officials reported water levels rising by entire meters over just a few hours, breaking records.

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The severity of the floods has led to rare protests in Russia, particularly in the Orenburg region, where a dam burst has exacerbated the flooding situation. Thousands of residents are at risk, prompting widespread demonstrations against the government’s handling of the crisis. The protests highlight the growing discontent among affected communities and their demands for better disaster management strategies.

The Ural River, the third longest in Europe which stretches through Russia and Kazakhstan into the Caspian Sea, overwhelmed an embankment on Friday, breaking the dam and flooding the city of Orsk, which is south of the Ural Mountains. Orenburg, which has a population around 550,000, suffered a watermark of 9.3 meters.

Governments of nearby municipalities such as the city of Kurgan and the oil producing region of Tyumen sounded the alarms. “The difficult days are still ahead for the Kurgan and Tyumen regions,” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the press. “There is a lot of water coming.”

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics and business for VT and a regular guest on The Unusual Suspects. Follow Shane’s work here.

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