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article imageOld dam fails in Karelia, Russia — 25,000 without power (video)

By Anne Sewell     Aug 9, 2012 in Environment
Belomorsk - Heavy rains in the Russian Republic of Karelia have left 25,000 people without electricity and have affected transport links in the region. Some communities in the region have been flooded.
The torrential rains have resulted in the failure of a small-scale local hydroelectric station, which was also flooded. Constructed in 1953, the hydroelectric station remains inoperable.
A source at the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry (EMERCOM), reported "According to information received from a controller of the Karelian regional dispatch office, water has accumulated as a result of a heavy rainfall, which caused the overflow and the destruction of the dam of the old bed of the Matkozhnensky stream."
The source added that the water flooded the turbine room of the Matkozhnenskaya hydropower plant. "The duty shifts switched on the local audible warning systems (howlers) and shut down the hydroelectric units of the HPP."
Karelia was hammered with rainstorms and winds on Wednesday, flooding some communities and the town of Belomorsk.
Roads and railway lines are flooded, bringing transport to a halt.
Russia's Emergency Ministry sent rescue teams, who had to evacuate 56 people.
The heavy rains are expected to continue today, with winds of up to 20 meters per second.
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