40 Percent of Moscow Region at Risk of Flooding: Report

17 Jul 2014 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
MOSCOW, Russia
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Forty percent of the area of the Russian capital is at risk of flooding in the coming years due to a combination of increased precipitation and poorly planned development that has reduced drainage, according to an analysis published last week by Moscow newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets.Some of the data used in the newspaper report are out of date, based on research conducted during the 1990s. But it still shows that Moscow is facing a growing problem that could have very serious consequences.A series of tunnels used for road and rail transportation are most at risk, and several have already had to close in recent years during autumn and spring, when rain and meltwater levels are at their highest...

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