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Seventeen people still missing in southern Russian floods

07-12-2012 23:54 BJT

MOSCOW, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Seventeen people remain missing in southern Russia's flood-stricken Krasnodar territory, Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said Thursday.

Puchov told reporters that the missing people should not be considered dead and that authorities were still trying to reach them.

"The search continues. We are personally checking each missing name. It was impossible to reach them by phone, as there was no telephone communication in the area of distress," Puchkov said.

The Interior Ministry said earlier this week that the death toll from recent rains and floods in Krasnodar territory had climbed to 172.

However, the Investigative Committee insisted that the death toll was 162, with 148 of the victims in Krymsk district.

Krasnodar has been hit since last Friday by some of the worst downpours and flooding in decades. The Krymsk, Gelendzhik and Novorossiisk districts were hit especially hard.

The government, which said about 35,000 people have been affected by the flooding, including 29,000 who lost their property, will allocate some 38 billion rubles (1.16 billion U.S. dollars) to the victims' families and reconstruction.

The Emergency Situations Ministry has sent humanitarian aid worth 20 million rubles to the floods-stricken areas.


Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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