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The flooding was caused, in part, from dam failure, which probably is a reflection of Putin’s failure to use the money from State companies, especially the oil and gas industry, for the public good. There’s also major diamond mining in the Sakha region. Flooding and dam failure also occurred in Russian occupied Crimea. So, where did all of that oil, gas, and mining money go?

During the first week of July, NASA satellites began detecting signs that several wildland fires were burning in Russia’s far east. Two weeks later, several fires had grown much larger and more intense, creating rivers of smoke that flowed over parts of Khabarovsk and the neighboring Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of smoke swirling over the region on July 17, 2022. The image has been overlaid with red circles indicating locations where MODIS detected heat signatures indicative of fire. Many of the fires were burning in the Ayano-Maysky district of Khabarovsk, which is home to larch forests and the circular Kondyor massif.

According to Sakha’s emergencies ministry, 51 fires burned across roughly 9,737 hectares (38 square miles) on July 18. More than 500 people were fighting the fires in Sakha, and thousands more were deployed to fire fronts across Russia, according to Russia’s ministry of emergency situations (EMERCOM).

For the past two years, Sakha has endured unusually severe fire seasons. In 2021, more than 8.4 million hectares of forests burned in Sakha, nearly four times the long-term average.

Fires are not the only hazard facing the region. Flooding along the Yana River recently displaced hundreds of people in Sakha.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, and data from the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS). Story by Adam Voilandhttps://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/150097/smoke-over-siberia

Heavy Floods Hit Russia’s Far East” July 12, 2022
“The government of Sakha said the rains had broken structures around a dam and left a remote village in Siberia “almost entirely” flooded.
“Due to heavy rains on July 11, despite the installation of protective structures, a dam broke and flooded the village of Betenkes almost entirely,” the regional government wrote on the Telegram messaging app
….” Read the article here: https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/07/12/heavy-floods-hit-russias-far-east-a78277

Heavy rainfall causes flooding in Russia-annexed Crimea
Reuters June 27, 2022 5:15 AM EDT Last
June 27 (Reuters) – Dozens of houses were flooded in the Russian-annexed peninsula of Crimea on Monday and people were evacuated from towns after heavy rainfall caused a river to burst its banks, local authorities said…

Russian Diamond Mine in Sakha