Floods force evacuation near Olympic site

Sochi, March 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Around 700 construction workers have been evacuated from a camp near some of the Sochi Olympic facilities after a river burst its bank, officials said Wednesday.

Heavy rain caused the river Mzymta to breach a protective dam Wednesday morning, causing water to flow into the camp, home to around 1,500 workers.

"There are no injured people," a statement from the regional branch of the Emergencies Ministry said. "Repairs to the damaged dam have begun."

The camp is located in the village of Esto-Sadok, near the Krasnaya Polyana mountain cluster where skiing and other snow events will take place at the Winter Olympics next year.

The Olympics will be held Feb 7-23.

--IANS/RIA Novosti



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