How is Atyrau preparing for the flood? Kanat Bozumbayev assessed the level of risk

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On Sunday, 12 May, Deputy Prime Minister Kanat Bozumbayev inspected flood control facilities and familiarised himself with the work of two water canals in Atyrau, reports.

The first object of the visit was the Sokolok canal with a length of 32 km. It is designed to relieve the large flow of the Zhaiyk River towards Atyrau. "Sokolok" connects the Zhaiyk and the Caspian Sea bypassing the city and can take on itself about 100 cubic metres of water per second. Deputy Prime Minister also inspected the work of the new canal with a length of 24 kilometres. 

Further Kanat Bozumbayev inspected dangerous areas around the city, where round-the-clock duty is organised. The total length of dams protecting Atyrau is 252 km. 

On 12 May, the water level in the city rose by 1 cm to 539 cm with a critical level of 550 cm. The flood peak in Atyrau is expected in 4-5 days. In this regard, Deputy Prime Minister instructed to strengthen the dams in places of erosion of the banks, in particular, to strengthen them with geotextiles and concrete blocks.

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