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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

$2.8M Allocated to Battle Floods

The government is allotting 80 million rubles ($2.8 million) in reserve funds to fight back spring flooding across the country, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The threat of flooding comes after record snowfalls this winter.

Spokesman Viktor Beltsov said Friday that the money would be used to purchase explosives to bomb ice jams threatening areas of northwest Russia, the Urals and Siberia.

Ice jams, which usually form at a river's bend, cause some of the worst spring floods unless they are unclogged, Beltsov said. River basins in the Urals and Siberia are especially prone this year with thicker ice than usual and snow cover two to four times deeper than average.

The surface of the Tobol River in the Tyumen region could rise by up to 3 meters above the average mark, while other areas in the Urals and the Volga River basin could see water levels rise by up to 1.5 meters. Such high waters could submerge low-lying parts of Kurgan, Orenburg and Ufa, among other cities.