9 The Drowning Village

The Drowning Village

Posted on October 20, 2010 by team

Today in mass-media the information about “natural cycles” is often accompanied by epithets “abnormal”, “earlier not observed”, “catastrophic” etc. This article is about problems directly connected with climatic changes.

In the north of Yakutia there is a village Andryushkino. During the last decade catastrophic floods are observed there. And not only in spring but also in autumn! From high waters suffers not only Andryushkino. In 2008 the decision on complex studying of the reasons for the change in hydrological mode of the Alazei River and for finding-out the reasons for the problem was accepted. On March, 4-th, 2008 in order to solve this sharp social and economic problem the “Alazeja-2008″ complex research expedition was organized.

Participants of the expedition at the coast of the East Siberian Sea. (September, 25-th, 2008)

Scientists and experts of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences participated in the expedition’s work. The expedition was also joined by the experts of the Yakut Management in hydrometeorology and preservation of the environment.

In the second half of June, 2008, the scientific group went to the pool of the river of Alazei. Literally they were shocked by the scale of the disaster. Pastures and haylands adjoining the village were completely filled in by water. The village was situated on three islands communicated with wooden bridges of 50-80 m in length. Earlier such flooding, of course, has occurred, but it was not so significant.

One of the old residents of the village noticed that about 10-20 years ago there were big forest fires which, probably, have affected a water mode of the river. Many elders also complained about sharp changes of weather, climate, and the increase in diseases among the population. The opinions were sometimes rather original. The oldest inhabitant of the Argahtah village has told that in the winter on Baliksit-Kjuelja lake hunters saw yellow snow after which all fish has disappeared. Another elder has told that in 1993-94 in Marry and Argahtah villages was observed a boom of acute appendicitis (about 60 cases) –  sometimes sanitary flights were carried out twice a day.

In 30 km from Andryushkino village there is the nature sanctuary of “Taas Kisiljah” located on the right coast of the Alazei. There are columns from 10 to 30 meters in height . Compositions of these columns are unusual – some of boulders remind figures of ancient giants, others are similar to strange animals and walls of some ancient destroyed castles.


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9 Responses to “The Drowning Village”

  1. first says:


    Wow, so do not see the point.

  2. Left SR says:

    Let’s bring Sen. Inhofe here (and hold his head underwater awhile).

  3. obama says:

    i thought russians were whites

  4. perristalsis says:

    Cede this area to the U.S. We will provide disaster relief from our super-funds. All inhabitants will be give trailers by FEMA, will be compensated for the loss of homes and income (don’t worry if you had neither- just say you did, who’s to know?), and will be eligible for public aid forever.

  5. russia_bound says:

    Hmm well so I know how to fix this problem. Step one change the flow of the river. Step two make the river deeper so that when it gets full it doesn’t change its course again. step three reinforce the borders of the village, ie retaining wall the perimeter so that if in case the river does flood the town is safe and dry. See a 3 step procedure to fix this problem. Perfect thanks for the pictures…

  6. Testicules says:

    The Venice of Russia

  7. George Johnson says:

    Man made global warming is a hoax, one of the biggest ever perpetrated on mankind. Just follow the money……

    This was probably caused by the older soviet government doing something somewhere else. I’d bet money on it. Just like when they started the irrigation of the cotton fields I think it was.

    They were so intent on producing more cotton than the US, they drained out entire freaking lakes.

    Caused by (soviet) mankind….. But just look at the area, they’re living in a depression!! Looks like a meteor strike to me, but what ever it is, it’s a round depression.

    Every camper knows you shouldn’t make camp in a depression like that because when it rains it turns into…. ready for it??…… A LAKE!!!!

  8. Steamed McQueen says:

    In Russia beach goes to you!

    (Sorry, had to do it!)

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