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The residents of Karkop village in Alaverdi community have been evacuated to Chochkan village because of the flooding of Debet River in Armenia’s north, the head of the village Hermine Petrosyan told NEWS.am, adding that the villages is entirely flooded.

"It started at night. I woke up, running; I did not understand what was happening. I saw that the river had overflowed its banks and was flooding the courtyards of the building. Residents began to be evacuated with special equipment during the night, we had no electricity. We were terribly confused,” she said.

Heavy rains on May 26 caused floods in Armenia’s north, destroying roads and bridges and cutting off several villages. Two people have been confirmed dead, one is considered missing.

Hermine Petrosyan informed that only 12-13 people are left in the village and those are the people who are sick or were unable to move through the windows.

“They thought that the water might go down. We evacuated 256-257 people. I think the bridge has collapsed, we still can't find our way because the water does not allow us to see everything. We were evacuated to Mets Ayrum and Chochkan village," she added.

Further, she said that the water level has decreased for a meter now but the water is still flowing through the center of the village.

“Now, there is no road leading to the village, the Ministry of Emergency Situations was not able to enter the village, it is our residents who did all the work, they evacuated people … We evacuated with our own forces," she said.

Earlier, NEWS.am reported heavy rains that fell tonight have caused floods blocking roads in Lori and Tavush provinces, washing away houses, bridges and cars. Due to the flooding of the Debed River, the M-6 interstate road is closed for traffic in both directions.

The riverbed of Debed rose by 6 meters, the 530mm water pipeline "Alaverdi-Archis-Noyemberyan" came under water, as a result of which water supply to 16 communities has been stopped.

As of 1:30 p.m., the number of survivors from the disaster is 20, three of them in Dilijan, 17 in Noyemberyan communities. The rescuers took out one body (unidentified man) from the vicinity of the Sanahin Bridge.

 

 

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