Flooding recedes in southern Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Lankaran, Sept. 11 / Trend P.Aliyeva /
Floods as a result of intense rainfall early Saturday in the southern Lankaran, Astara, and Lerik regions of Azerbaijan have receded.
The Lankaran and Lerik are recovering from the floods as waters gradually recede from residential yards while the water level has dropped by a meter in Lankaran's rivers.
JSC Reclamation and Water Management is calculating the damage caused to the regions by the torrential rains.
The floods have gradually receded in Lerik, the deputy head of the Region Executive Power and deputy chairman of the Lankaran Region Emergency Situations Commission, Mohubbat Babayev, told Trend on Saturday.
Traffic is moving on the Lankaran-Lerik highway but the situation is remains difficult in the Astara region, Babayev said.
Heavy rains raised the water level in the mountain rivers of the Astara region, as a result, the Astara River burst its banks.
Floods affected the residents of nearby villages with yards and homes inundated and bridges destroyed in some mountain villages. The situation is reported as critical in the villages of Rudakyanar, Miki and Archivan, with river levels reaching their highest for several years. The heavy rain also damaged power supply in these regions.
Four high-voltage transmission towers were destroyed by mudflows in Lankaran but power is expected to be partially restored to the city by Saturday evening. Rains continue to fall in all southern regions of the country.
Average daily rainfall is twice its September norm in Baku, an official with the Azerbaijani Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry National Hydrometeorological Department, Umayra Tagiyeva, told Trend on Saturday.
It has been raining heavily in Azerbaijan since early Saturday.
According to Tagiyeva, the rainy weather will continue until Monday. "The rain should stop in western parts on Sept.12. No rain will be observed on Sept.13," she said.
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