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

07-09-2012 00:45 BJT

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared Monday a day of national mourning for victims of floods. Flags will fly at half mast in Russia and at its missions abroad.

And also cultural organizations and state-owned television channels have been advised to refrain from showing entertainment programs. The death toll from recent downpours and floods in southern Russia had reached 150 by Sunday afternoon, as the country grappled with one of its worst floods in decades.

In the affected Krasnodar Region in the south of the country, Moscow volunteers are gathering food, clothes and other goods to send to families in need.

Vsevolod Chigayev, organiser of Aide Action Volunteer, said, "All the boxes that you see behind me have been brought by people with their own hands. In just a few hours dozens of people brought water, medication, warm clothes, and more. Soon we will load all this onto a bus with 15 volunteers, who are prepared to help the local Emergency Situations Ministry workers repair the consequences of this disaster."

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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