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Russia mourns for 171 killed in flooding

07-09-2012 19:04 BJT

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Russia is holding a day of mourning Monday for the 171 people killed in devastating floods, which have also driven thousands from their homes.

Most of the victims are in the southern Russian town of Krymsk near the Black Sea. The country's Emergency Situations Minister says authorities failed to properly warn residents. Many of them were caught unaware when the floods and landslides began Friday night. Russia has seen a series of natural disasters in recent years, many of them blamed on ageing infrastructure or lax safety rules.

Acquaintances of Pyotr Ostapenko, 35, a flood victim, mourn inside a church
during a religious ceremony before the funeral in the village of Moldavanskoye
outside Krymsk in Krasnodar region, southern Russia, July 8, 2012.

Relatives and acquaintances mourn near a coffin with
Pyotr Ostapenko, 35, a flood victim, during a
religious ceremony before the funeral in the village
of Moldavanskoye outside Krymsk in Krasnodar region,
southern Russia, July 8, 2012.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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