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171 killed in Russia floods

07-09-2012 05:13 BJT

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In Russia, the death toll from the severe flooding in the southern Krasnodar region, has climbed to at least 171. Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared Monday a national day of mourning and he’s ordered an investigation into possible failings by disaster management authorities.

The water rushed into the hard-hit town of Krymsk. It turned streets into rivers, swept away bridges and inundated thousands of homes. Many residents were sleeping.

Krymsk resident Larisa Golovko said, "The water was reaching up to here. My husband was stuck in there, we only just got him out. We were all here with the neighbours. Many were screaming. We only just managed to get him out."

221 millimeters of rain fell on Krymsk during Saturday night. 50 millimeters fell in just one hour late on Friday.

A local resident walks in mud from the floods in the town of Krymsk in
Krasnodar region, southern Russia, July 8, 2012.

Even more rain fell on Gelendzhik, a popular seaside vacation spot. It’s about 200 kilometers from Sochi, where preparations are under way for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Novorossiisk, a major Black Sea port, was also affected.

Residents have been left to salvage what they can from their flooded properties.

A local resident walks in mud from the floods in the town of Krymsk in
Krasnodar region, southern Russia, July 8, 2012.

Some have now run out of drinking water.

A local resident said, "There is no drinking water in the tap. The wells are all overflowing, the water is dirty, we are using it only to wash things, for cleaning and that’s it."

The Interior Ministry said on Sunday that 171 bodies had been recovered, 159 of them in and around Krymsk and 10 in Gelendzhik. They include five who were electrocuted after a transformer fell into the water.

President Vladimir Putin has flown to the region, and ordered investigators to find out whether more could have been done to prevent the deaths.

A woman speaks as she stands in a street, hit by floods, in the town of
Krymsk in Krasnodar region, southern Russia, July 8, 2012.


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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