Floods lead to state of emergency

Thu 06 May 2010 16:58 GMT | 16:58 Local Time

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A state of emergency has been declared in the southeastern district of Neftchala because of flooding by the River Kur.

The water level of the River Kur, which flows through the centre of Neftechala District and into the Caspian, is 2.5m higher than normal.

The river has flooded more than 200 homes along 70 kilometres of the river bank. Two houses have collapsed completely while 27 are in a precarious state.

The area is being evacuated at present, an ANS correspondent reported from Neftchala.

The chairman of the regional emergencies commission, Dilaver Aliyev, said that barrages were being created and 120 pumps were working in the area.

ANS Press

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