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Putin declares July 9 day of mourning for bus crash, flood victims

07-09-2012 00:03 BJT

MOSCOW, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday declared Monday as a day of national mourning for victims of a bus crash and floods.

Flags would fly at half staff in Russia and at its missions abroad on Monday, Putin said.

"Cultural organizations and state-owned television channels have been advised to refrain from showing entertainment programs," said the Kremlin press service.

The death toll from recent downpours and floods in southern Russia has reached 150 by Sunday afternoon, as the country grappled with one of its worst floods in decades.

By 3 p.m. Moscow Time (1100 GMT), over 150 people were found dead in Krasnodar territory, 139 of them were in Krymsk, the Interior Ministry said.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said Sunday that nearly 30,000 people in Krasnodar had suffered from a blackout and more than 5,100 houses were hit by floods.

Putin flew to Krasnodar on Saturday evening and held emergency meetings with local authorities on the floods.

Krasnodar's governor Alexander Tkachyov earlier declared Monday as the day of mourning for flood victims in the region.

Also on Saturday, 14 Russians lost their lives and 29 others were injured when a bus carrying more than 40 Russian pilgrims to a monastery overturned on the Chernigov-Kiev highway in Ukraine.



Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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